Reno Omokri, Sowore Spar Over Bribery Allegations

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Reno Omokri, a media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has accused SaharaReporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, of colluding with stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress to oust the then president.

Reno Omokri, Sowore Spar Over Fraud Allegations
Reno Omokri, Sowore Spar Over Fraud Allegations

Omokri, on Sunday, posted a picture showing Omoyele Sowore, Malam Nasir El-Rufai Kaduna State Governor alongside former CBN Governor and sacked Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at an undisclosed location.

He further alleged that Sowore was paid by the APC to blackmail Goodluck Jonathan out of office.

The heated exchange between the two started after Sowore lashed at Omokri saying he was an “identity thief who was fired by Goodluck Jonathan”. The ex-President has since denied that he sacked Omokri.

Reno Omokri, Sowore Spar Over Fraud Allegations
Reno Omokri, Sowore Spar Over Fraud Allegations

Responding to the allegation that Sowore was paid by the APC to blackmail Jonathan, a source from SaharaReporters however told that it is false.

According to the source, the picture posted by Omomkri was taken at the scene of the Execujet wing at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos where Sowore and his crew (myself included) blocked Sanusi as he arrived with his family from Niger, following news that he had been sacked earlier that morning from office as the CBN Governor by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

The source noted that they had to block Sanusi at the airport so that they could interview him right there to obtain his reaction to news of his sack earlier on the day.

“Sowore had broken the news of Sanusi’s sack on Saharareporters website while Sanusi himself was not yet aware of it. He was away with his family in Niger Republic.

“I learnt that Sanusi was planning to sue Saharareporters for false publication but after he confirmed it by himself, decided to cut his trip and immediately return to Nigeria. As Sowore got wind of it that Sanusi was returning, he alerted me to immediately head straight to the airport by any vehicle available, the crew member disclosed.

Speaking further on the matter, the source narrated that as he arrived the Execujet wing, it coincided with Sowore’s arrival too.

“Sowore had possibly suspected a scene pop up right there, so he had another mini camera hung to his neck, ready to capture any spontaneous moment in case I was still setting up the main camera.

Mainly, we were to obtain Sanusi’s reaction to news of his sack as the CBN Governor, whether he stands by allegations he made of missing/non-remitted revenues at NNPC and his next move after his removal from office, among other issues, he added.

Retaining his stance that Sowore was paid by the APC to blackmail Jonathan, Reno Omokri, said he would expose more of ‘Sowore’s lies’ in a scheduled interview with media personality, Regina Askia, by 2pm.

The spar between the two has led to divided reactions by Nigerians on social media. While some attacked Sowore over his alleged fraudulent collision with APC to oust Jonathan, many others side with Sowore by attacking Omokri.

See some reactions below:

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