……focus on the task at hand – Ibori to Akpabio
……..accusation is false – Uduaghan
Former governors of Delta state, Chief James Onanefe Ibori and Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan have denied allegations of being awarded contracts by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), by Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The duo in separate statements by their media aides said they had never solicited for contracts neither have they been awarded contracts by the interventionist agency, urging the public to disregard the claim.
But the media was agog with reports Monday, alleging that the Akpabio, in a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabimiala, accused the ex-governors of receiving contracts to the tune of N514 and N429 million respectively.
In a statement by his media aide, Tony Eluemunor, Chief Ibori said
he did not want to join in the “dancing in the market square” going on in the NDDC right now.
“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,” the statement said.
“If not for the exemplary courage some of us exhibited, there would have not been an NDDC to bicker about today.
“Watching the level the NDDC has degenerated to, is a tragedy. We owe it a duty to the people of the Niger Delta to make NDDC work to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of the region and to realise the dream for which we fought for it to be set up. So, let everybody involved in the NDDC do their duties to the good people of the region,” it further quoted I or I as saying.
The statement released by Uduaghan’s aide, Monoyo Edon, stated “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”.