The Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has said that he never referred to the Lawmakers of the 9th National Assembly as beneficiaries of contracts by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Page 36 learnt.
Akpabio stated this via a letter, in response to the request of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, to list the names of the Lawmakers he had alleged are beneficiaries of the NDDC contracts.
The Speaker on Tuesday, gave Akpabio a 48-hours ultimatum, to publish the names and other details of National Assembly members who allegedly benefit from contracts of the NDDC.
Akpabio’s letter came halfway into the plenary, as the Speaker declared the intention of the House to sue him to court, on allegations of defamation of character.
Akpabio, in his letter, backtracked, and said that most Lawmakers in the previous Assemblies got contracts without their knowledge, as it was handled by the Chairmen of both Committees.