Former Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has denied allegations of being a beneficiary of contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
MDB earlier reported that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, in his letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, listed the former governor as one of the beneficiaries of the contracts awarded by NDDC.
However, in a statement released Monday morning, August 3 by his media aide, Monoyo Edon, Uduaghan denied the allegation, describing it as false.
Edon stated that Uduaghan has never approached the NDDC for any contract whatsoever, adding; “It is even more ridiculous that the said contract is a road inside Port Harcourt town.”
The full statement reads;
The attention of His Excellency, former Gov of Delta State Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, has been drawn to a publication by The Punch Newspapers of Monday 3rd August 2020, which stated that the “Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has linked two former governors of Delta State, Messrs James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan, to the various contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission”.
In the said publication, it was stated that “Uduaghan was linked to the emergency repairs of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt at a cost of N429m.”
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.
Members of the public are advised to disregard the mischevious publication.
Akpabio listed the names after alleging last month that most of the contracts awarded in the Commission were to members of the National Assembly.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, then mandated the Minister to publish the names of the lawmakers in question or face punitive measures.