- The last may not have been heard over the controversy rocking awards of contracts in the NDDC
- One of the contractors mentioned in the saga, High Chief Nelson Agbamuche, has stated his own side of the story
- Agbamuche said the statement by the NDDC accusing him of colluding with a senator for contracts was a blatant lie
One of the contractors accused of signing contract agreements for 11 different companies in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), High Chief Nelson Agbamuche, has vehemently denied the allegation.
Reacting to a recent statement by the intervention agency suggesting that the chairman, Senate committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwaoboshi used 11 of his companies for the execution of contracts worth about N3.6 billion, Agbamuche said such allegation was a baseless fabrication by mischievous officials and management of the NDDC
“This is another blatant lie. It is bothersome when this kind of barefaced mendacity is supposedly coming from an official quarter. I state unequivocally that this is untrue,” he said in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, June 10.
He, however, alleged that the commission attributed ownership of his companies to unknown persons, noting that the move could be a sinister plot to by fraudulent individuals to divert what rightfully belongs to him.
“My companies have been winning contracts for over 15 years; I am therefore worried that misguided officials are attributing the ownership of these same companies to another person,” he stated.
He wondered why unsubstantiated claims against him would be peddled from an official source of the NDDC, stressing that the agency should have records to verify contract related issues.
He further discountenanced narratives that his companies fronted for a serving senator to secure the contracts.
“For the record, I have never been to the National Assembly; the security agencies can please check the CCTV recordings of their premises to confirm this.
“The said contract for the supply of chairs was advertised on national dailies where I came across it. Companies’ managements bided differently as a common practice to improve chances in the highly competitive bid process. Jobs were won and satisfactorily executed. Certificates of job completion were duly issued afterwards and payments were made,” Agbamuche added.
Agbamuche had earlier cautioned the NDDC, not to drag him into the battle with the National Assembly.
Recall that NDDC in a statement by its spokesperson, Charles Odili, had alleged that back in September 2016, Senator Nwaoboshi used 11 companies as fronts to secure for himself N3.6 billion contract.
Odili in a statement on Sunday, June 7, said the contract involving Nwaoboshi, a PDP senator representing Delta North District, Delta state was the “biggest single case of looting of the commission’s resources.”