In an interview with Punch Newspaper, the lawmaker admitted that the running cost is different from the N606,000 he earns as monthly salary as a federal lawmaker.
The lawmaker asked: “how much is N8.5 million to me as a person?
“If you have to embark on research, looking at all the bills that I have sponsored in the House, you will see that those bills that I sponsored are not ones you can just come by anyhow. They are not bills that you pick on the shelve.
“I remember when I promoted the National Pension Commission Act, it took me out to Chile and other countries like Argentina, the United Kingdom and India.”
“If you give me N8.5 million and I have to go and find out what is happening aside from the information that I get from the Internet.”
“Look at the tickets and see the flight costs even if I am flying economy class. So, how much is that?”
“If I have to engage lawyers and professionals to prepare bills for me, to work on motions for me; and get researchers also.”
Oke made claims about the pay of U.S. lawmakers, saying: “do you know how much their running costs are? It is $1 million. Do you know how much their salary is? It is $14,000 per month. Yet, you pay me $2,000 as salary.”