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Akpabio’s NDDC contract allegations against me ridiculous –Ibori


A former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, has described as ridiculous the allegation which linked him to projects executed by the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, had in a document attached to the letter he submitted to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on July 23, linked some emergency roads’ repair projects to Ibori.

But the former Delta State governor, in a statement by his Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor, and made available to our correspondent on Monday, said the allegations were false.

The statement said, “He (Ibori) did not want to join in the ‘dance in the market square’ going on in the NDDC right now.

“He has decided to make this clarification for the records because friends and associates inundated him with phone calls this morning.

“So, he (Ibori) is stating categorically that he never solicited for, or was awarded, or indeed executed, any contract with NDDC or any government agency, at any time, for that matter.”

The statement added that Ibori has not been accused of being a government contractor since he left office as governor.

The statement read, “He (Ibori) has never been accused of being a government contractor, let alone a failed one hence he did not want to dignify the allegation with a response because it is ridiculous.

“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.”

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