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NDDC Contracts: Orji Kalu, Uduaghan Deny Wrongdoing

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Former Niger-Delta states Governors, Orji Kalu and Emmanuel Uduaghan on Monday denied any wrongdoing regarding their involvement in Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) contracts.

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, had reportedly mentioned both former Governors as beneficiaries of NDDC contracts.

However, Kalu, who was Abia State Governor between 1999 to 2007, said his involvement in NDDC contracting had been based on community interest.

“Between 2016- 2018 during my tour to several communities; leaders and welfare unions of most communities pleaded for urgent intervention on some dilapidated roads,” he said, in a statement signed by one of his aides, Emeka Nwala, “I wrote to the NDDC informing the body of the conditions of these roads and the need for their attention since Abia is an NDDC state.

“The NDDC in their consideration which I am very grateful to awarded the roads to companies that duly tendered for the projects and not myself. Whatever link I have with the projects is because it was considered due to my intervention.”

Meanwhile, former Delta State Governor, Uduaghan, described reports linking him to an NDDC contract as “mischievous” and a “falsehood.”

“In the said publication, it was stated that ‘Uduaghan was linked to the emergency repairs of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt at a cost of N429m’,” a statement signed by Uduaghan’s spokesman, Monoyo Edon, said.

“We want to state very clearly that the said accusation is FALSE. Dr. Uduaghan has never approached the NDDC for any contract whatsoever. It is even more ridiculous that the said contract is a road inside Port Harcourt town.”

Unpaid Contractors
In his statement on Monday, Kalu, who is now the Chief Whip of the Senate, alleged that the NDDC is yet to pay contractors who built the roads he facilitated for the commission.

“The roads I requested for intervention as mentioned by the Honourable Minister were repairs of Ezere-Acha-Ndiokoukwu Road; Amaubiri-Eluama-Uru Ring Road, Lokpaukwu, Umuchieze; Ndi Oji Abam-Atan Road; the Okafia-Ozuitem-Bende road and Ozu-Amuru-Abam Road,” he said.

“The contractors have completed and delivered these roads a long time ago except Abam-Atani road which I learned from the contractors was slowed down due to rain but still ongoing.

“Meanwhile, it would interest Nigerians to know that the contractors who built these roads have not been paid any dime. It has not been easy with the contractors but because it’s a community project they have only but kept hope alive on the NDDC.”

A Troubled Commission
The NDDC is currently undergoing a forensic audit over allegations of financial misappropriation within the agency.

Supervising Minister for the Commission, Akpabio, had appeared before a House of Representatives Committee in July where he said lawmakers were the major beneficiaries of NDDC contracts.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila then challenged Akpabio to provide a list of lawmakers who have benefited from the agency’s contract.

Kalu, on Monday, said the linking of his name to the contracts will not push him to stop his interventions on roads in NDDC states.

“Good roads help to drive the economy,” he said. “Therefore, I believe the NDDC forensic audit should focus on the missing funds and not works done.

“They should focus on paying contractors that delivered their jobs and not using my name indiscriminately to sell newspapers.

“The Honourable Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio is my good old friend. We have been friends even before I became a governor.

“I hope he doesn’t expect me to stop seeking road interventions in our communities.

“It is his civic responsibility to support the communities and I am very confident he will oblige our future requests especially in areas of good roads.”

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Alh. Yahaya Bello One of the Best Performing Governor in Nigeria – Group

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The Convener Got Your Back Nigeria ,Prof Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr ,has called on Nigerians to rise above sentiment and fake news as it regards to kogi state governor.

Prof Chris in a press statement he personally signed said Yahaya Bello has continue to do well in transforming kogi state.

The statement reads:

“Is the young man that superintend the State of Kogi from the Lugard House in Lokoja one of the best performing Governors in Nigeria, today? The answer is YES in caps. Is his watch over Kogi uneventful and mediocre? The answer is a NO in caps. So you wonder why he courts the flak of political opponents like ants and honey. Don’t bother too much, they criticize him, they oppose him, and they lie against him and the State of Kogi because he doesn’t belong to the cult of egocentric and self serving political operators. He has done, and is yet doing great things in Kogi”.

“Have you wondered why lately there is an uncanny desperation to de-robe Kogi State of her deserving feat as the safest State in the North and the second safest State in the whole of Nigeria? It is about the politics of 2023. It is about the wickedness of selfish politicians and the ungodly quest for power by all means devious, foul, impish and impious. But do not despair just yet because the Security agencies in Kogi are compiling the names of the agent provocateurs and their sponsors, and shall as always bring them to book. Yahaya Bello has kept that promise several times over, and regarding the contrived jailbreak a few days ago, tell the rumour mill that almost all the fleeing convicts are back in custody. And tell them that we are watching”.

“If they are not contriving violence, they are sponsoring falsehood in the media. If they are not procuring and sponsoring violence, they are lying and paying the media to build mountains out of mole hills. And if they are not lying about salaries that have since been cleared, they are sponsoring mendacity in the media about corruption and monies allegedly fixed in Banks, tales most unfounded and demonic. How more confused and wicked can they be? But their lies, won’t stick”.

“Against Kogi State and Yahaya Bello is a growing hoard of soulless lie mongering, rumour churning, falsehood growing, deceit cultivating, blackmail dishing and tale feasting political hirelings, their brief is satanic and wicked. But then again their lies won’t stick because we are ready, willing and able to puncture their devious script with the bludgeoning fervency of TRUTH”.

“The truth is that Kogi State under the watch of the 46years old Technocrat in Lugard House fondly called GYB, Governor Yahaya Bello is the safest State in the North, and the second safest State in Nigeria, and adjudged so by all available Security Index locally and internationally”.

“The truth is that Kogi State is the most gender sensitive State in Nigeria, with the longest serving female Secretary to State Government in Nigeria, with mind blowing minimums like females as Local Government Council Deputies in all the Local Governments where men serve as Chairmen, with females as Speakers of all the Local Government Council Legislatures, with the only Female ADC to a Governor in Nigeria, and the highest number of women in any State Government (cabinet) in Nigeria. Kogi State surely stands out as a manifest example of what governance and leadership must be”.

“The truth is that Kogi State tops the chart in the servicing and cutting down of local debts. The Accountant and Auditor cum Governor of Kogi State Yahaya Bello has clearly excelled in the management of the States resources such that beyond the effective running of the State, he has been able to service and also reduce the local debts of the State. So tell the liars and the peddlers of falsehood against GYB that their lies won’t stick, and that the truth shall always prevail over falsehood”.

“The truth is that Kogi is not owing her workers, and Kogi State is not owing Medical Doctors and Health worker at all. We shall therefore consistently debunk the perfidy and the chicanery of political jobbers and their pay masters, yes their lies won’t stick, as Kogi will consistently remain a question mark on their conscience, nay on our collective conscience”.

“The truth is that Lokoja the capital of Kogi State is presently one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. Do your research and avoid the blinding deceit of blackmailers and haters who wonder at the capacity and the competency cum magic of the magician called Governor Yahaya Bello GYB”.

“The truth is that in Kogi State under GYB’s watch is one of the most functional Rice mills in Nigeria. In Kogi State is the biggest health facility in West Africa over 60% done. In Kogi State today is one of the most effective Skill Acquisition programs in Nigeria, and that Kogi State is one of the best agriculture friendly State in today’s Nigeria. So when you hear the lies of the conscienceless political operators out there, confront them with the unequivocal truths that we put before you”.

“We shall continue to point out the lies that they trade against GYB whilst putting the records straight. And we shall not relent in meeting their falsehood with the unwavering and redemptive force of TRUTH”.

“We shall continue to drum up and consistently raise the phenomenal Youth called GYB as the bastion of the new deal for Nigeria come 2023. And we shall relentlessly call our nation to the politics of ideas and policy rather than falsehood and mudslinging. God Bless Nigeria”. He Said

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JUST IN | Led by the ‘Spirit of God’, Fani-Kayode Joins APC, Poses for Photographs with President Buhari

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Former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, has officially defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former PDP chieftain was introduced to President Muhammadu Buhari as the newest member of the ruling party on Thursday during a visit to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He was led to the meeting with the President by the APC National Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, as well as Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State.

The Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, was also present at the meeting to introduce Fani-Kayode.

Shortly after meeting with President Buhari, the new APC member had a session with State House correspondents where he claimed the spirit of God led him to the decision he also responsibility for the defection of three PDP governors who joined the ruling party – Governor Matawalle, as well as Governor David Umahi (Ebonyi) and Governor Ben Ayade (Cross River).


Fani-Kayode, a former spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, said he was instrumental in the events that led to the defection of the three governors.

He told State House correspondents that he had been a founding member of the APC and simply returned to the ruling party for the unity of the country.

The former minister revealed that he was equally wooing three more governors in the main opposition party to join the ruling party.

He listed them to include Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, and Governor Ifeanyi Uguanyi of Enugu State.

He said whatever opinion anyone may have about his credibility, as a result of his constant change of parties, was up to them.

Fani-Kayode, a lawyer, used to be a strong critic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He was the Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 2003 and 2006.

Also in 2006, the new APC member served as the Minister of Culture and Tourism for a few months before he was later appointed as the Minister of Aviation later that year.

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First Lady, Aisha Buhari Reveals Reason for Posting Pantami’s Sermon

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The First Lady, Aisha Buhari has shed light on why she posted a video of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami giving a sermon, where he cried.

She had captioned her first post, “A Reminder. Achire tsoro ayi abinda ya dace,” in Hausa language, meaning, ‘Be courageous to do the right thing’.

In her latest post, Mrs Buhari said, “Tafsir na Malam kan tsoron Allah ba tsoron mutum ba!

“Da aka cire tsoro da son Kai aka shiga Jihar Zamfara, abubuwa sun fara kyau. Sai a dage a shigo sauran wurare da ke bukatan haka.”

This is translated from the Hausa language to loosely mean, “Mallam (Pantami) is preaching about the fear of God and not of man. As fear and selfishness have been removed in the case of Zamfara State, positive results have started to show. It is left for the those in charge to take control in other states in need of intervention.”

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