One of the lawmakers, James Manager, who was listed Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio as part of those were given the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, contracts has reacted to the development.
According to Manger, who is representing Delta South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has denied ever benefitting from contracts of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) during and after his chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs.
However, Manager, in a statement on Monday, threatened legal action against the Commission’s Executive Director Projects for defamation.
Manager said: “I sincerely wish to react as follows: That my tenure as chairman of Niger Delta Committee in the Senate effectively ended in 2015.
“That ever since then I have never visited NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt or any of its branches.“That NDDC never awarded any contract to any company owned by me. That I do not know of any company owned by me, that has ever gone into bidding for government jobs anywhere in the world. (This may come to many as a surprise but that is the gospel truth).”
He challenged Ojougboh to back his allegations with proof of evidence, saying: “Those who are alleging to defame me must be aware of the consequences.
“That in the interest of the gullible innocent public, the authors led by the said Dr. Cairo Ojougboh or any other person should provide among other things the following please;
“(A) detailed description of the said jobs. (B) names of companies (C) payments already made and to whom? (D) job performance (E) The Directors as they appear in the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
“That I sincerely in the name God request for proof of evidence. This is a very simple minimum demand.”
Naija News learnt that the recent list has led to several reactions on social media has many berated the leadership of the house of representative others made a mockery of Nigerian system of governance.
The National Youth Council of Nigeria has also called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to resign from his office following his decision not to reveal the names of lawmaker indicted in the alleged fraud in the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Source: Naija News