The Senator representing Delta South Senatorial District, in the National Assembly, James Manager, has refuted a claim made by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, that he collected contracts of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
9jaStarMedia had earlier reported that Godswill Akpabio had in a letter addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, named Senator Manager as one of the Lawmakers who got 6 NDDC contracts.
Also, the Executive Director of Projects of the Commission, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, had accused the Senator of getting contracts from the Commission.
Nonetheless, in a statement on Monday, Manager said that he never benefitted from the Commission, during and after his Chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs. He also threatened legal action against Ojougboh, for defamation.
His words: “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)”.
Senator Manager therefore, 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