‘I never approached NDDC for contracts, Akpabio lied’– Uduaghan
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Former governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has denied the recent allegations by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, accusing Uduaghan of collecting N429million road contract from the Niger Delta Development Commission.
But Uduaghan, in a swift reaction debunked the allegation, and described the report as “laughable and untrue in its entirety”, stressing that he “had never approached the NDDC for any contract whatsoever”.
A statement signed by his Media Assistant, Monoyo Edon, on Monday in Warri said he had already reached out to Akpabio, his former governor colleague, “to immediately correct the report” as he had never been awarded contracts by the interventionist agency, Punch reported.
“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”, the statement added.
Akpabio, had in a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila linked Uduaghan and Chief James Ibori, also a former governor of Delta, among others with some contracts awarded by NDDC.
The Minister was quoted as saying that Uduaghan, now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was linked to the emergency repairs of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt at a cost of N429million.