Former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan has denied report linking him as one of the beneficiaries of contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
A report by The Punch had indicted the former governor of receiving contract from the NDDC. The former governor’s name was mentioned in the letter sent to National Assembly by Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
According to the report, the project linked to Uduaghan was the emergency repairs of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt, estimated to cost N429m.
But in a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Monoyo Edon, the former governor denied the allegation, stating that he “has never approached the NDDC for any contract whatsoever”.
“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,” said Uduaghan.
“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.”
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