- Nigerians have been urged to disregard Godswill Akpabio's claims on the NDDC contracts
- The call was made on Monday, August 3, by Emmanuel Uduaghan, a former governor of Delta state
- Akpabio had alleged that Uduaghan was one of the beneficiaries of the NDDC contracts
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Emmanuel Uduaghan, former governor of Delta state, has denied claims by the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godwill Akpabio, linking him to contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In a statement by his media aide, Monoyo Edon, Uduaghan described Akpabio's allegations as mere lies, insisting that he did not at any time get any contract from the NDDC.
The former Delta governor called on Nigerians to disregard the claims by the minister, The Cable reports.
Part of the statement read: “We want to state very clearly that the said accusation is false. Dr. Uduaghan has never approached the NDDC for any contract whatsoever. It is even more ridiculous that the said contract is a road inside Port Harcourt town.
“Dr. Uduaghan has drawn the attention of the Hon. Minister of the Niger Delta, Sen Godswill Akpabio to the publication and hopes he makes a correction."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Akpabio had allegedly linked three former governors to some contracts awarded by the NDDC.
Akpabio had in communique alleged that two governors from Delta state executed some contracts for the commission.
The minister was also reported by the newspaper to have named a former governor of Abia state as a beneficiary of NDDC contracts.
However, in a swift reaction Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia state who currently serves as the chief whip of the Senate said the NDDC has not paid the contractors who built the roads he facilitated.
Kalu in a statement signed by Barrister Emeka Nwala of office of the Senate chief whip said he believes the issues at stake in the NDDC have to do with missing funds and not works done.
The chief whip explained that the road projects mentioned by the minister are the interventions he (Kalu) facilitated for the communities as a private citizen before he became a senator.
He said his name is mentioned because he used his letter headed paper to write a sympathetic letter to the NDDC in 2016 requesting and pleading with the body to rescue roads in Abia.
“The NDDC in their consideration which I am very grateful to, awarded the roads to companies that duly tendered for the projects and not myself. Whatever link I have with the projects is because it was considered due to my intervention,” Kalu said.
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