- The NDDC believes that the alleged list of NASS members claimed to be beneficiaries of contracts is authentic
- The list was submitted by Godswill Akpabio, the minister of the Niger Delta Affairs
- The commission said that the list is already in the possession of forensic auditors
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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has thrown its weight behind Godswill Akpabio's claims that some senators benefitted from the agency's contracts.
Backing the allegations of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, the NDDC's director of corporate affairs, Charles Odili, said that the list of National Assembly members submitted by Akpabio as awardees of juicy contracts is authentic, The Cable reports.
Odili said that the interim management committee of the commission is aware and in support of the said list which is now in the possession of forensic auditors.
Part of the statement by Odili that supported Akpabio's position read: “Prominent indigenes of the Niger Delta whose names were on the list should not panic as the commission knew that people used the names of prominent persons in the region to secure contracts, and the ongoing forensic audit would unearth those behind the contracts.
“The intention of the list was to expose committee chairmen in the national assembly who used fronts to collect contracts from the commission, some of which were never executed.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Emmanuel Uduaghan, former governor of Delta state, had denied claims by Akpabio linking him to contracts from the 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 was 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."
Also, a former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Akpabio and Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting managing director of the NDDC.
The former governor disclosed this in a tweet on Friday, July 25. According to Fayose, the duo had been celebrating the success of their drama at the national assembly with hot pepper soup and assorted drinks.
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