A former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Reno Omokri has vowed to drag popular Kogi politician, Ms Natasha Akpoti to court over defamation of character.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Ms Akpoti had alleged that the former presidential aide made advances at her during a State Banquet at the Presidential Villa in honour of President Uhuru Kenyatta of Keyan in May, 2014.
But Omokri, who is based in the United States of America, described her claim as baseless and unfounded, noting that he was not anywhere around Nigeria during the period of the event she quoted.
He said prior to the event, he had proceeded on a trip to the US to see his family after obtaining permission from his boss, President Jonathan and could not have been the one Akpoti was referring to.
Omokri, has therefore challenged anyone who has pictures of him at the event to produce same, to prove he lied and pick up the sum of $50,000 (about N23 million).
He said: “Many photos were taken at the State Banquet for Uhuru Kenyatta on May 6, 2014, both by the State House photographer and every media house in Nigeria. I hereby offer a $50,000 prize to anybody on earth who can provide a photo of me at that event, and I give my word of honour that I will pay.
“This money will also be paid out if even the photo you have is a mobile phone photo. Any type of photo at all.
“I was a Presidential spokesman and chairs are ALWAYS reserved for us at the front with our names on it. Our table is usually one table away from the President, should he need to summon us at anytime.
“Also, there are videos of the event. Channels; AIT, SilverbirdTV and other stations had video coverage that is still on their YouTube pages. Also, one or two prominent journalists would have been there. They should have sighted me physically with their eyes. Can they come out and testify in a sworn affidavit that they saw me at the event?
“I have provided incontrovertible evidence that I was not in Nigeria during the days that President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Nigeria between May 4-7, 2014. Meanwhile, the person making the allegation has not provided one shred of evidence. Is it not he or she that alleges that should also prove?
“Since the said Natasha H Akpoti who made the allegation is from Kogi State, which is in the North, I will deposit the money with the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the 19 Northern states.
“A clear conscience fears no accusation. The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend the truth. You simply unleash and it will defend itself. I have unleashed it with $50,000 and I am waiting”.
Omokri, who had earlier produced his international passport to further show that he was not in the country within that period, accused Akpoti of being sponsored to tarnish his image but assured her that she has met her match and will not walk away without being served justice.
He described the former Kogi governorship and senatorial candidate under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) as a serial blackmailer who is deliberately out to destroy him.