Akin Alabi asks Jason Njoku to pay N1m to charity over election bet

Akin Alabi NairaBet founder

Akin Alabi, the lawmaker representing Egbeda/Ona-Ara federal constituency, has asked businessman Jason Njoku to pay N1million as hospital bills for members of his constituency.

Mr Alabi, who is in the House of Reps on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made the call on Saturday over reports that the Labour Party (LP) did not get a single vote in his polling unit.

Alabi had boasted in July last year that LP will not get 15 votes in his polling unit located in Egbeda Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Challenging him, Njoku, co-founder of IROKOtv, staked N1million as bet to be paid to charity.

Managing director of BetKing Gossy Ukanwoke volunteered to be the bookie.

Mr Ukanwoke reminded Alabi and Njoku of the bet on Saturday as presidential and national assembly elections were going on across Nigeria.

“Brothers @JasonNjoku and @akinalabi the day has come for us to decide who won this vote.

“As agreed, I will be collecting the ₦1m and giving it to charity,” he wrote.

Early results shared on Twitter claimed Alabi lost his polling unit to LP, prompting Njoku to share a screenshot of their posts on the bet.

The 42-year-old also suggested giving Alabi his bank account or nominating a charity to which the amount wagered could be sent directly.

Another result circulated on social media indicated that APC won at Alabi’s poling and LP did not get a single vote.

In a message posted on Twitter after elections were concluded in his polling unit, Alabi wrote “I said labour wouldn’t get 15 votes in my unit. Guess how many they got. A BIG FAT ZERO.”

The founder of NairaBET added videos of vote counting from his unit.

“My bro @JasonNjoku, I will like my N1m to go to the payment of hospital bills of some of my constituents,” the 45-year-old concluded the tweet.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to announce official results of the elections held on Saturday.  

Conflicting results by members and supporters of different political parties have been circulated on social media.