In the last couple of weeks, the marriage of Mercy Johnson has been under the spotlight without varied views relating to the matter. Her fiancé has denied the claims leveled against him by the woman who claimed to be his wife and did indeed provide ample evidence of their union. But Prince is now strongly debunking Lovely’s claims, arguing that the pictures she provided of the couple signing documents was actually the birth certificate of their child. Below is the interview he granted:
THERE HAS BEEN A LOT IN THE MEDIA ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY, MIND-BOGGLING EVIDENCE THAT YOU WERE ONCE MARRIED TO ONE LOVELYN OKOJIE
This is the first time I am coming out to clear air on the on-going issues that are affecting my marriage to Mercy Johnson. A lot of people have said a lot of things about me, these are things I have not said myself, they formed their own opinion but I can tell you that, this is nothing but the truth of the whole saga. It’s really hurting but I have to come to clear the air because of my fiancée Mercy, she means a lot to me and she has gone through a lot since these scandals broke out. I love her so much, that’s the reason I’m taking pain to do this right now. The lady in question, her real name is Adaeze, we met in Italy a long time ago, then I was living in Italy. We had a relation, no doubt, she got pregnant and I told her then that I wasn’t ready. In the course of our affair, she had two kids for me but we moved on together. We were never married legally; we only had a traditional marriage. In fact, the traditional marriage was done by my parents, I was not even there, It was my parents that insisted that I had to go ahead with such a plan because I’m from a royal family in Esan. It was to have the full fatherhood responsibility on my kids. This was done soothe kids could bear my family name, Okojie. My parents were there to do it on my behalf.
WHAT ABOUT THE PICTURE THAT WAS EVERYWHERE, YOU WERE SIGNING THE CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE
What we were signing was the certificate of birth where we had the first baby, I had to go and recognize the baby, the call it ‘commone’ in Italy, it s a kind o community welfare where both parent go and regularize the status of the baby, there was nothing like marriage in Italy, the picture was in a community house, it was pre-arrangement to regularize the status and also for me to have my resident papers which we were already processing and it didn’t come out so because of that I left everything and I relocated to Nigeria in 2007.
BUT SHE CLAIMED THAT SHE HAD THE SECOND BABY IN 2008, HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?
It’s true that she had another baby in 2008, after then I used to go back to Italy once in a while to see my baby along the line she told me she was pregnant and later moved down to Canada, throwing all her Italian papers away to seek asylum in Canada, it was in Canada she had the second baby, I have accepted the baby anyway.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING APART?
We lived together last in 2007, then I came to Nigeria while she moved to Canada.
YOUR FIANCÉ MERCY MUST BE SO TROUBLED AND DISPIRITED, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DATING HER?
I’ve been with Mercy since 2007/2008, Mercy is really hurt right now but we have to be strong and be there for each other.
SINCE THE TIME YOU MET MERCY, DID YOU, ALONG THE LINE, TELL HER YOU ALREADY HAVE A FAMILY SOMEWHERE?
How do you mean family, it was not a family, it was an affair that we had that produced children and, Mercy knows I have two kids with her, because the first time she stepped into my house she saw the picture of my daughter, and I told her about them. Although, when I left Italy, there were stories that she was seeing somebody else but I don’t want to go into all that for now.
WHAT DO YOU THINK MIGHT HAVE CAUSE HER (LOVELYN)’S VITUPERATIONS JUST DAYS TO YOUR WEDDING?
I really don’t know, many people blackmail for different reasons, I think she is just blackmailing me to separate me and Mercy, but it won’t work because what God has joined together, no man can put asunder. Everyday new story breaks, Mercy and I are getting stronger by the day.
REPORTS SUGGEST THAT THE CHURCH HAS ALSO BEING SKEPTICAL ABOUT JOINING THE TWO OF YOU TOGETHER…
Please I don’t want to talk about the church, Mercy and I are still together, and that’s what matters to me right now, our love still waxes strong as ever before.
HAS LOVELY OR ADAEZE AS YOU CALL HER ASKED YOU FOR ANYTHING?
I have been giving her money, but I don’t want to go into all that, but I have been giving her a lot of money, I have been to Canada to see them a couple of times to know how they are fairing. Each time I go to Canada for my Oil and Gas business, I go to see them. I can remember a particular occasion that I used Mercy as my screen saver, my daughter walked up to me one morning and asked daddy is this your wife, I said yes, the mother now said let me see, she said Mercy Johnson! that is what you are doing, she asked if she is my wife, and I said yes and she said Ok.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING; YOU DID MENTION OIL AND GAS?
Well I like to keep a private life, I’m a businessman, I’m into importation of cars and I do oil and gas business.
LOVELYN’S RECENT ACTIVITIES MUST HAVE REALLY HURT YOU, HOPE YOU WON’T TRANSFER THE HATRED YOU ARE PRESENTLY DEVELOPING FOR HER TO THE CHILDREN?
I’m really bitter right now, she has caused me so much pains, but I will not allow her wicked nature affect my relationship with the children, moreover, Mercy is a loving person and a wonderful person, ‘she wont even mind taking care of the kids if she allows me to take custody of them, Mercy is kind enough to take good care of them.
WHAT ABOUT THE LATEST GIST THAT YOU TWO ARE NOW PLANNING TO WED SECRETLY?
I don’t know where you guys are getting information from, I did all these to clear the air because of Mercy, I’m doing this to protect her and her profession. As you all know, the marriage has been fixed for the 27th of August, and that is a couple of days from today, so we hope the marriage still goes on but we are praying. We will communicate to you as event unfolds because Lovelyn is presently taking a legal action against me in the court of law.
WHAT LEGAL ACTION?
I wonder too what legal action she would be taking against me. My father paid her dowry and the dissolution of the marriage is already in process.
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