PDP reveals heavy allegations linking Sylva to NDDC fraud

By Amako Nneji November 26, 2015 12:08

PDP reveals heavy allegations linking Sylva to NDDC fraud

The All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Timipre Sylva’s 2015 governorship election campaign organization have remained mute following allegations they both diverted N4.5bn belonging to the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

The Party is yet to clear its name from the huge allegation barely 48 hours after the illicit deal was allegedly uncovered by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Currently, opinions flying around indicate that for a party known for its swift responses to allegations to maintain a posture of silence in the midst of it all, something might be amiss as this speaks volumes.

The PDP in a statement issued by the Director of Publicity of the Restoration Campaign Organisation, Jonathan Obuebite said the whopping amount was diverted to fund the governorship campaign of APC candidate, Sylva in the forthcoming December 5 polls in Bayelsa.

The Party therefore called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate the matter.

The statement alleged that the said funds were diverted through “illegal awards of contracts to the APC candidate’s cronies by the NDDC.’’

It alleged that the contracts were given out for “shore protection” in Opoma, Sylva’s hometown and Fantuo, a community in Nembe Local Government Area, adding that there was no evidence of ongoing work in the areas.

It claimed that the PDP was in possession of the contract documents, adding that the party also had it on “good authority” that the said contracts were phantom and conduits to siphon money to fund Sylva’s election.

The statement said that a disbursement of N1.5bn was made, out of the total contract sum of N4.5bn, and channeled to the APC candidate’s campaign.

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Meanwhile, the Senate on Wednesday, November 25 mandated its Senate Committee on NDDC to investigate the abandoned projects the commission failed to execute.

The abandoned projects include the N2.4bn Agbarho township road projects in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.