The minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has revealed the names of some senators who allegedly got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). According to This Day newspaper, Akpabio revealed the names in a document attached to his response to the threat by the House of Representatives to sue him over the allegations that federal lawmakers were the major contractors of NDDC. The minister said four senators have received contracts from the commission between 2017 to date. According to the list released by Akpabio:
- Senator Peter Nwaoboshi – allegedly executed 53 NDDC
- Matthew Urhoghide – six projects
- James Manager – six projects
- Sam Anyanwu – 19 projects
Akpabio also alleged that the former chairman, House of Representatives committee on the NDDC, Nicholas Mutu is linked with 74 projects which included various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, and Rivers states. The minister further accused the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on NDDC, Tunji-Ojo, of padding the 2019 budget of the NDDC with 19 contracts worth N9 billion.