The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has denied ever saying that Lawmakers bagged 60% of NDDC contracts.
Senator Akpabio, Patmos Media Line reports was given 48 hours to name any Lawmaker so involved or fave the wrath of the Green Chambers of the Legislative arm.
In a reply to the National Assembly sent on Thursday which was to be the expiry fate of the Challenge of the House of Reps, Akabio humbled himself by denying he said that the lawmakers got 60 per cent of the contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission.
The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who announced the receipt of Akpabio’s response, said the minister claimed to have referred to old contracts awarded by the NDDC which had not been paid for and some of which are part of the constituency projects of the lawmakers.
Gbajabiamila said Akpabio’s response would be referred to the Committee on Ethics and Privileges to look at the merits of the minister’s arguments.
The minister’s response came after Gbajabiamila said the lawmakers would sue Akpabio for failing to prove that NDDC awarded contracts to them.
There was a live broadcast of the incident where the Minister gleefully made the now denied allegation.
The allegation is part of the many melodrama actions, unfolding from the NDDC probe part of which was the fainting of the acting of the Professor Managing Director and the attempted abduction of the former MD by the police which warranted the savior Governor Wike from preventing the police action.
It was learnt that the Reps are still going to slam a two count of civil disparage and defamation charge on Senator Akpabio and President Buhari will be joined in the suit.