KOGI STATE: When lies meet determination and gullibility (The Mike Ile and Petra debacle)

It’s been brought to our notice that one Petra Akinti Onyegbule, Chief Press Secretary to the Kogi state governor, has openly claimed that Mike Ile was the one who begged her to appear on his Mike’s Lounge show, while also trying to deflect the true nature of their dealings especially within the month of June 2017.

Given the delicate nature of this case, Mike Ile, while now heading to court for justice, is also decided to let the world know the truth even in the face of obvious bias and premeditated conspiracies. The allegations against Mike are myriad and he intends to tackle each one of them, one after the other. He also wishes that each one is treated on its individual merit. Mike does not seek sympathy. He seeks justice.
If, rather than own up to the truth and apologize for her actions, the Kogi government aide seeks to keep manipulating her way while her lies have put another human in a bad light, then we are forced to fight back in every way legally possible.
For starters, Mike runs a business. He owns a registered multimedia firm, April 12 Multimedia. In his line of work, business is not about taking sides for political reasons. Every media house has the right to work with any client, irrespective of political, religious, or ideological affiliations. When Petra brought up the issue of a social media campaign on behalf of her government, the onus was on Mike to either accept or reject it. He accepted it purely as a media project. It was not sentimental. For those saying it was not a contract because it was not written, you need to ask what else it would take to trust a government official who took you to meet the governor himself, the Chief of Staff, the DG Media, the Commissioner for Agriculture, and the head of the bus transport service. Who else is the government aside these people?
Now to the question of who was begging who for business. Does this even matter? Let’s assume Mike begged for business. Is that reason enough to cheat him? Is that reason enough to have made him do a job and not pay him? But that’s by the way. The important point everyone misses is, this was not about the money. If it was about that money, Mike would have taken up the matter long before now. June was a long time ago. Mike had let go of that matter and moved on to other things to try and restore his business. He never confronted Petra over money.
The reason those chats were revealed were to prove one truth alone; Remi Adeoye had stated that Petra denied having any social media deal with Mike. He called Mike a liar based on that. Now these chats have proved that such a deal did exist and that Petra lied! This is the crux of the matter. That lie has been exposed and everything else is ephemeral. Why did Petra lie about the existence of such a deal? If she didn’t want to defend Mike, she could simply have kept quiet. But to lie about such a matter and go to sleep easy while the guy was being torn apart, that was inexcusable.
Now to the other issues. From the chats, everyone could see how Petra sent Mike chats expressing her sleeplessness and worries over the negative press her boss was getting and how “We need to get to work ASAP”. How did that show Mike begging for the job? Everybody knows that Mike is usually very determined once he gets on a job. He seeks to impress by getting it right always. This guy wanted to grow fast in his chosen sector. Nothing else.
Read chats below and ask again, how was Mike the one begging for that job? What is wrong begging for a job anyway? What do contractors and business people do? So if a contractor begs for business and you give him a job, he does that job, you didn’t pay for it, you have to go and lie about the existence of that job? What’s Mike’s business if the governor didn’t approve the job as claimed? A member of the governor’s team gave Mike a job. He did it. He deserved to be paid. He was not paid. He did not complain. He let it go. The said official went and lied. Rather than own up and apologize, she and her defenders come up with more spurious denials and efforts to tarnish him?
It’s also convenient how most people skipped the part that showed a history between these two. In 2015 Petra had done something very similar. She apologised later. Mike let it go. Lightening struck twice in one spot!
For the record, let it be said again that the issue was never about the money. It was about the lies peddled by a public official who should be held by the same moral standards as the Mike who is being vilified.
The chats below occurred AFTER she had failed to pay Mike for the previous jobs done. The guy was not malicious. He still agreed to do business. This is what business people do; they do business. Despite never getting back to him as promised, he never made issues with her until this lie came.
The fact is that Mike was FOOLISH to have trusted someone who had failed him before. But how could he not have tried to trust her? They schooled in the same university. They worked on the same campaign team. It was there that the first lightening struck. But he let it go. I hope he learns his lessons and I pray he comes out of this stronger.
While Mike pursues legal action against his traducers, it is very important to clarify some of these issues. Whoever seeks truth should examine with unbiased minds, each allegation and defense. However, Mike understands that Facebook offers no justice. Just sentiments and drama. He has been silent through his ordeal and has done the legally correct things by filing in court and also going to the police a number of times. He has also filed petitions with relevant agencies. The court will do the rest.
I do not write to defend Mike. As far as I know, he may be guilty of a lot of things. Only the court will judge that. But when some things are glaring, let truth be told.
Among other things, Mike also seems to have a lot of video evidence about
many of the allegations against him. It is a shock that he has exercised
this much restraint so far. Many of the folks vilifying him today will be
shocked. But one would like to imagine that the court case will be
historical indeed.
In all the time I have known Mike, he has mentored me on how not to tear
people down in public because, according to him, "Perception is not always
It doesn't matter how many people stand against one man, only a competent
judge, and fair hearing, will bring an acceptable conclusion to this
In December last year, robbers attacked him in Abuja. Their major target?
His phone. Where evidence existed. He confronted the very person he was
told was responsible for that attack and she denied it. Earlier this year,
robbers came to his house again. Their target? His phone again.
Unfortunately for these people, everybody has storage other than their
phones. This may just be the most interesting trial ever. You may recall
that a certain pastor sent Mike some messages a few months ago. In the
chats, the pastor warned him about a thick plot. Mike munched and posted
that warning. The Port Harcourt based pastor had said that a man close to
Mike was using a woman close to Mike to try and bring him down. We all saw
those posts then. The pastor said "A woman was showing your boxers to the
world. Do you know what that means?" That prophecy has indeed come to pass.
In court, if Mike is found guilty, he will serve his punishment. If he is
innocent, some of us will rejoice. One thing is clear though, that
punishment or his acquittal, will not come from a Facebook trial.
I believe that the allegations against him are that of fraud. It will not be too hard for the court to determine that. Every other thing being said is just additional Facebook drama.

Read Also: See How Petra Akinti Lied against Mike Ile here