Senators Deny Benefiting From NDDC Contracts

A file photo of NDDC office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

 

Two members of the Senate have denied the allegations of benefitting from contracts of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The Senate Committee Chairman on Niger Delta, Peter Nwaoboshi, and his colleague from Delta South district, Senator James Manager, denied the accusations on Monday in separate statements.

This followed claims by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, that 60 per cent of NNDC contracts were awarded to members of the National Assembly.

In his reaction, Nwaoboshi who was allegedly named in the said publication of being awarded 53 NDDC projects, challenged Akpabio to send the list to the anti-graft and other security agencies if he could prove the allegation.

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A file photo of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

 

He described the claim as unsubstantiated and accused the minister of having an agenda to continuously blackmail him.

According to the lawmaker, this is aimed at diverting public attention away from the serious mismanagement of the NDDC allegedly by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) under his supervision and under the guise of a phantom forensic audit that has no operating timeline.

On his part, Manager maintained that he does not know of any company owned by him that has ever gone into bidding of government jobs anywhere in the world.

He also challenged his accusers to provide a detailed description of the said contracts, names of the companies, and the beneficiaries of the payments.

“Those who are alleging to defame me must be aware of the consequences,” the lawmaker warned.

The allegation by the minister had sparked outrage on the part of the lawmakers who dared him to mention the names of those who benefitted from the said contracts.

Benjamin Kalu

 

In an interview with Channels Television, the House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Media Affairs and Publicity, Benjamin Kalu, had dissociated members of the lower chamber of the National Assembly from the allegation.

He explained that the minister wrote to the House and clarified that members of the 9th Assembly were not among those he was referring to.

Uduaghan To Appeal Tribunal’s Ruling Despite Lauding Judgement

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Former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan (file).

 

 

The former governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has reacted to the judgement of the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal which sacked Mr James Manager as the senator representing Delta South senatorial district.

Shortly after the Tribunal’s ruling on Saturday, Uduaghan who contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lauded the judgement, although he said he would appeal the judgement.

A three-man panel led by Justice Chioma Onyeabor had nullified the victory of Senator Manager of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 poll over non-compliance with electoral guidelines in some parts of the district where the election held.

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It, however, ordered the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election for Delta South senatorial district within 90 days.

Reacting in a statement by his media assistant Monoyo Edon, Uduaghan vowed insisted that he won the election and vowed to challenge the Tribunal’s judgment at the Court of Appeal.

He said, “While we are happy with the Tribunal’s judgement which affirmed my party’s position that the election was rigged and characterised with electoral over voting, we are not entirely satisfied with the judgement as the Tribunal ought to have deducted the excess illegal votes and declared me and my party rightful winner of the election.”

“In view of this, we shall be challenging the Tribunal’s judgement at the appeal court to declare us as the outright winner of the February 23rd, 2019 National Assembly Election for Delta South Senatorial District,” the former governor added.

He thanked the people of Delta South and his supporters who stood by him, with an assurance that they would get their deserved victory at the appeal court.

Delta South: Tribunal Sacks Senator Manager, Orders Fresh Election

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The Election Petitions Tribunal Sitting in Asaba has sacked Senator James Manager as the lawmaker representing Delta South senatorial district in the National Assembly.

Delivering judgement on Saturday, a three-man panel led by Justice Chioma Onyeabor cancelled the election and ordered for a fresh one within 90 days.

Justice Onyeabor was ruling on the petition filed by Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, a former Delta State Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.

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Uduaghan had approached the Tribunal seeking the nullification of the election over gross electoral malpractices during the February 23 poll.

In a petition filed by his lawyer, Thomson Okpoko, the former governor told the Tribunal that the National Assembly poll in Delta South senatorial district was marred by massive rigging and other irregularities.

He, therefore, prayed the panel to cancel the election and order a fresh election.

In her ruling, Justice Onyeabor held that the petitioners were able to prove their claims of over-voting in the six local government areas under contention.

Counsel to Senator Manager, Selekowei Larry, in his reaction said his client would appeal the judgement of the Tribunal.