Senator Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Commission having mentioned that at least 60% of the house members where beneficiaries of contracts awarded by the commission was asked and given an ultimatum of 48hrs to provide the list of such beneficiaries.
However, Sen James Manager was listed in a letter addressed to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila who got or was awarded six contracts.
In a statement released on Monday, 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).”
“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.”