10th August, 2011
Contrary to media reports, Senate President David Mark denied on Tuesday there was any conflict of interest between him and Vice-President Namadi Sambo over any business transaction.
Markâ€™s denial was contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan.
The statement said in Abuja that Mark and Sambo were mutually working together for the success of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan and â€œhave no frosty relationship of any kind between them.
â€œIt is also a huge lie to impute that Sambo is interested in selling NITEL to a nameless foreign investor that is prepared to pay $968 million while Mark has a preference to sell NITEL to an indigenous operator, Globacom, for $450 million.â€
Ologbondiyan said that Mark was neither a member of the National Council of Privatisation nor the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).
â€œHe, therefore, has no input whatsoever in the day-to-day activities of these privatisation agencies.
â€œContrary to the report in a national newspaper, Mark did not order a probe of the BPE.
â€œThe motion to investigate the collapse of some privatised Federal Government companies was moved by Sen. Ahmed Lawan (ANPP-Yobe) and carried by the whole House.
The statement said the investigation of the sale of these privatised companies â€œis therefore to further the economic interest of our nation just as it is in tandem with the pledge of Mark to engender legislation that will benefit the ordinary Nigerian.
â€œThere is no tussle whatsoever between Mark and Sambo over the sale of NITEL or any other matter.â€