- Former governor of Delta state, James Ibori, has replied the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio, over alleged corruption
- Akpabio had said that Ibori took the contract from the commission
- Ibori, however, said he did not take any contract from NDDC
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James Onanefe Ibori, a former governor of Delta state, has denied receiving any contract from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as being alleged by the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Vanguard reports that Ibori, in a statement by his media assistant, Tony Eluemunor, urged Akpabio to “calm down and focus on the task at hand.”
Legit.ng gathered that Eluemunor stated that he was baffled to have heard his name among those who allegedly took contracts from NDDC.
He said: “On hearing the news of the alleged Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) contract awarded to him this morning, from the former Governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Senator Godswill Akpabio, as published in a newspaper and other online publications, he did not want to join in the ‘dancing in the market square’ going on in the NDDC right now.”
“He has decided to make this clarification for the records because friends and associates inundated him with phone calls this morning. So, he is stating categorically that he never solicited for, or was awarded, or indeed executed, any contract with NDDC or any government agency, at any time, for that matter.
“And in all he has been through in and out of public office, he has never been accused of being a government contractor, let alone a failed one hence he did not want to dignify the allegation with a response because it is ridiculous. So, Ibori is advising Akpabio, his brother, friend and member of the former Governors Forum, to please calm down and focus on the task at hand."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the presidency faulted a plan by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on a protest over reported cases of corruption in the NDDC, the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It was reported that Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson said there is no need for the labour union to embark on demonstration because the executive and legislative arms of government were already investigating the reported cases of corruption in affected government agencies.
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