Exclusive: How Senator Peter Nwaoboshi fraudulently secured 58 no-bid NDDC contracts in 2018

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    Despite repeated denials of culpability in the corruption and financial recklessness and mismanagement in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a new trove of documentary evidence obtained exclusively by Naija247news paints a disgusting picture of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP Delta-North), neck-deep in the unfolding scandal in the wake of public hearings by the National Assembly wherein it emerged that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) illegally spent N81.5 billion over five months without awarding a single new project.

    The cache of documents showed that during the six month period from January to June 2018, Senator Nwaoboshi secured 58 no-bid contracts from the NDDC to the tune of billions of naira, which were awarded to contractors proposed by him. According to the documents, 44 of the 58 contracts in Delta and Abia States were awarded on the same day – May 28, 2018 – to contractors linked to Nwaoboshi through proxies, friends and family relations. It is worth recalling that the NDDC had in a statement by its spokesperson, Charles Odili, alleged that Nwaoboshi used 11 different companies as fronts to secure contracts estimated at N3.6bn in September 2016. But Nwaoboshi denied the claims arguing that none of the 11 companies in question belonged to him as far as records at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) were concerned. He challenged the NDDC officials to substantiate their allegations with documentary evidence implicating him.

    But Nwaoboshi in a statement said the allegations were geared towards tarnishing his reputation and to embarrass him. “The smear campaign and character assassination of people perceived to be stumbling blocks against the rot in NDDC over the years must stop in national interest,” he said. The statement signed by his Special Assistant on Legislative and Media Affairs, Luka Igbonoba, said the charade in the past weeks by the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission to blackmail a routine task of the National Assembly to perform its oversight function as stated in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria had become a national disgrace.

    The statement said: “They listed 11 companies and ascribed ownership to Senator Peter Nwaoboshi. These are companies that he does not know nor had anything to do with. A simple search at the Corporate Affairs Commission will at least show both former and present directors. How do you libelously claim a man owns companies that perhaps belong to other people? In any case, if the contracts were actually awarded in 2016 as alleged, the forensic audit which covers the period is expected to expose every detail surrounding these contracts and save the public from this shameless falsehood. We strongly challenge NNDC to avail the public of the names of directors and shareholders of all the companies. For the umpteenth time, Senator Nwaoboshi once again declares that he is neither a director nor shareholder in any of the companies listed by NDDC. Nigerians are aware that the misleading press release is just another desperate attempt to rescue the already shredded and tattered image of Godswill Akpabio.”

    Obviously Sen Nwaoboshi is trying to be clever by half, and he thinks Nigerians are fools. No one expects the senator to be listed as a director or shareholder in any of the companies which were awarded NDDC contracts that he secured because the self-dealing and conflict of interest will be too apparent even for the blind not to see. While it is standard operating procedure for elected federal and state officials, elite and other prominent citizens to introduce projects to the agency; what Nwaoboshi in his self-righteous indignation failed to disclose in his repeated denials is the fact that such “emergency projects” are introduced to the NDDC with the name and contact details of the “proposed contractor” who is usually connected to the “project source.” Nwaoboshi cannot therefore distance himself from the contractors who were awarded his pet projects since these projects never followed due process of open competitive bidding by the NDDC tenders board; in violation of the provisions of Sections 24 and 27 of the 2007 Public Procurement Act.

    According to documents obtained from the NDDC detailing no-bid emergency projects awarded in 2018, over 50% of the projects Nwaoboshi secured were awarded and paid to his proposed contractors more than once. For example, Emergency Repairs of Ahiama Okwu to Obuohia Okwu [road] in Umuahia South LGA in Abia State was awarded to Jennifer Adighije of Earth Crust Geosciences Nigeria Ltd with address listed as: No 58, Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja; the same address is shared by the Women Leadership Institute (WLI), chaired by Dr. Kema Chikwe.

    Huhuonline.com could neither establish any relationship between WLI and the contractor; nor ascertain whether the said Jennifer Adighije is the fashion designer also called Jennifer Adighije; renowned for her fashion line, House of Silk; who married Dr. Obiora Okola in a fairy-tale wedding in March 2013. It is however note-worthy that the same project was awarded to the same company twice on the same day – May 28, 2018. Worse even, because the projects violated due process, the cost was negotiated directly between the NDDC leadership and the contractor. Find below the list of the 58 no-bid NDDC contracts secured by Senator Nwaoboshi from January to June 2018.

    No Project Description LGA State Proposed Contractor Contact Details Project Source Date of Award
    31 Emergency repairs of Asue street, Owa Phase 2 Ika North East Delta KGDN Technologies Ltd 15, Bishop Dimieri Street, GRA, Port Harcourt Hon Moses Iduh Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    32* Emergency repairs of Idumuogbe road via Ojemaye Ika North East Delta Pecular Ultimate Concerns Ltd KM3, Asaba/Illah road, Opposite Gov’t House, Asaba, Delta State Engr. Adeleke 07033999980 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    33* Emergency repairs of Otolokpo college road Ika North East Delta Honerich Company Ltd Plot 12, Block 11, DDPA, Delta State Linus Odiah 08054458744 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    34* Emergency repairs of Police Ishu Ani Ukwu road, Issele-Uku Aniocha North Delta Emmybless Construction Ltd No. 453 Nnebisi road Asaba, Delta State 8063272375 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    35* Emergency repairs of Old Sapele Agbor Road, Obiaruku Ukwuani Delta Reginalo R and N Nigeria Ltd Plot 45, DDPA Housing Estate, Asaba, Delta State 8037226719 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    36* Emergency repairs of Ehwerhe Obada road Agbarho Road Ughelli North Delta Tomba Resources Nigeria Ltd Km 6, New Ports Authority Expressway, Warri, Delta State Chief Thomas Ereyitomi 080337226719 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    37* Emergency repairs of Hon Ifeanyi Eboigbe Street, Boji Boji Owa/Goodwill Street, Owa-Alero Ika North East Delta Ededeku Global Services Ltd, 234, Nnebisi Road, Asaba, Delta Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    38* Emergency Repairs of Ahiama Okwu to Obuohia Okwu [road] Umuahia South Abia Earth Crust Geosciences Nigeria Ltd, 58, Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja Jennifer Adighije 08037267276 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    39* Emergency repairs of Hon Engr. Sunday Gbandi road/Akwukwu-Igbo Gramma school road with 1 km drain Oshimili North Delta Contact Construction & Building Services Ltd, 58, Chinda Street, Ada George, Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nelson Agbamuche 07065136117 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    40* Emergency repairs of Ukala Mixed Secondary School road/Internal Road, Ukala Oshimili North Delta Leon Gazcare Ltd, Plot 22, Infant Jesus Road, Asaba, Delta State Natthew Ndukwe08033210376 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    41* Emergency repairs of Onicha Olon Internal road Aniocha North Delta Bazim International Investment Ltd, 3, Leo Okogwu street, Asaba, Delta State Emma Chinye 09090527503 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    42* Emergency repairs of Express Ogwani-Ukwu-Abbah Uno Road Aniocha South Delta Antlers Construction & Allied Works Ltd, 58, Chinda street Ada George Way, Port Harcourt Nelson Agbamuche 07065136117 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    43* Emergency repairs of Ute Erumu Internal Road/Ute Okpu Internal Road Ika North East Delta Honerich Company Ltd, Plot 12, Block 11, DDPA, Delta State Linus Odiah Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    44* Emergency repairs of Ezi Internal Road Aniocha North Delta Bethveth Ltd, 158, Iwofe Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers state 8038175970 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    66 Emergency repairs of Oba Iba new road, Umunede Ika North Delta Millstone Allied Builders Ltd, 3 Metuiwe street, Okpanam, Delta state Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    67 Emergency repairs of Agidiase Edo Otui road, Ogwashi Uku Aniocha South Delta Makanaky-Zia Investment Ltd, No. 31 Azagba Road, Ogwashi Uku Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    68 Emergency repairs of Alifekede Road Agbor Ika South Delta De-Towers Construction & Allied Services Ltd, 68 Chinda Street, Ada George Port Harcourt 8037196780 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    69 Emergency repairs of Eddie Baroon street by Junic Hotel, Off Ibusa Road, Asaba Oshimili South Delta Dada Global Resources, No. 1 Asagba Palace Road, Asaba, Delta State Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    70 Emergency repairs of Etua Etiti Olich Etua Utagba Uno Ndokwa West Delta KGDN Technologies Ltd 15, Bishop Dimieri Street, GRA, Port Harcourt Hon Moses Iduh Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    71 Emergency repairs of Umuhu Community Road, Otolokpo Ika North East Delta Gojac Properties Ltd, Suite 13 NNPC Estate, Office Complex, Area 11, Garki, Abuja Eugene Nneji 08033225792 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    72* Emergency repairs of Catholic Mission Road, Ndemili Ndokwa West Delta Landsand Engineering Ltd, House 9, Road 6911, Gwarimpa, Abuja Barr. Sam Osasa Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    73* Emergency repairs of Oyibu Street Ika North East Delta Reginalo R and N Nigeria Ltd Plot 45, DDPA Housing Estate, Asaba, Delta State 8037226719 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    74* Emergency repairs of Umunor Osissa-Ogbetiti, Osissa town Ndokwa West Delta Dan-Olinkers Global Services Ltd, 62, Umunede Road, Umutu, Delta State Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    88* Emergency repairs of Eleh street, Umutu Ukwuani Delta Dac and Associates Engineering Ltd, 628 Umunede Road, Umutu, Delta State Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    90* Emergency repairs of Palace road, Umutu Ukwuani Delta Daneve Global Investment Ltd, No. 50 Igili Road, Umutu, Delta State Monday Ossai Ezihimechine Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    91* Emergency repairs of Alegwe/Anglican Road, Owa-Alero Ika North East Delta Dora Dan Global Resources Ltd, 300 Obi Ihechukwu Road, Agbor, Delta State Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    105* Emergency repairs of Ubuluno-Ashama Road Aniocha South Delta Fada Construction Ltd, 41, Okpanam Road, Asaba, Delta Dr. Chris Agbobu Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    106* Emergency repairs of Eke market road/Akwu /DDs/Isho road, Ubulu Ukwu Aniocha South Delta Reginalo R and N Nigeria Ltd Plot 45, DDPA Housing Estate, Asaba, Delta State 8037226719 Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    107* Emergency repairs of Illah Internal Road, Illah Oshimili Delta Crakfin Nigeria Ltd Suite 49 Futeb Plaza, Opposite Refinery Junction, Effurun/Sapele Road, Effurun, Delta Nelson Agbamuche 07065136117 Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    132 Emergency repairs of Asue street Owa, Phase 2 Ika North East Delta KGDN Technologies Ltd 15, Bishop Dimieri Street, GRA, Port Harcourt Hon Moses Iduh Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    133* Emergency repairs of Idumuogbe road via Ojemaye Ika North East Delta Pecular Ultimate Concerns Ltd KM3, Asaba/Illah road, Opposite Gov’t House, Asaba, Delta State Engr. Adeleke 07033999980 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    134* Emergency repairs of Otolokpo college road Ika North East Delta Honerich Company Ltd Plot 12, Block 11, DDPA, Delta State Linus Odiah 08054458744 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    135* Emergency repairs of Police Ishu Ani Ukwu road, Issele-Uku Aniocha North Delta Emmybless Construction Ltd No. 453 Nnebisi road Asaba, Delta State 8063272375 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    136* Emergency repairs of Old Sapele Agbor Road, Obiaruku Ukwuani Delta Reginalo R and N Nigeria Ltd Plot 45, DDPA Housing Estate, Asaba, Delta State 8037226719 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    137* Emergency repairs of Ehwerhe Obada road Agbarho Road Ughelli North Delta Tomba Resources Nigeria Ltd Km 6, New Ports Authority Expressway, Warri, Delta State Chief Thomas Ereyitomi 080337226719 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    138* Emergency repairs of Hon Ifeanyi Eboigbe Street, Boji Boji Owa/Goodwill Street, Owa-Alero Ika North East Delta Ededeku Global Services Ltd, 234, Nnebisi Road, Asaba, Delta Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    139* Emergency Repairs of Ahiama Okwu to Obuohia Okwu [road] Umuahia South Abia Earth Crust Geosciences Nigeria Ltd, 58, Usuma Street, Maitama, Abuja Jennifer Adighije 08037267276 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    140* Emergency repairs of Hon Engr. Sunday Gbandi road/Akwukwu-Igbo Gramma school road with 1 km drain Oshimili North Delta Contact Construction & Building Services Ltd, 58, Chinda Street, Ada George, Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nelson Agbamuche 07065136117 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    141* Emergency repairs of Ukala Mixed Secondary School road/Internal Road, Ukala Oshimili North Delta Leon Gazcare Ltd, Plot 22, Infant Jesus Road, Asaba, Delta State Natthew Ndukwe08033210376 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    142* Emergency repairs of Onicha Olon Internal road Aniocha North Delta Bazim International Investment Ltd, 3, Leo Okogwu street, Asaba, Delta State Emma Chinye 09090527503 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    143* Emergency repairs of Express Ogwani-Ukwu-Abbah Uno Road Aniocha South Delta Antlers Construction & Allied Works Ltd, 58, Chinda street Ada George Way, Port Harcourt Nelson Agbamuche 07065136117 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    144* Emergency repairs of Ute Erumu Internal Road/Ute Okpu Internal Road Ika North East Delta Honerich Company Ltd, Plot 12, Block 11, DDPA, Delta State Linus Odiah Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    145* Emergency repairs of Ezi Internal Road Aniocha North Delta Bethveth Ltd, 158, Iwofe Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers state 8038175970 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    183* Emergency repairs of Oba Iba new road, Umunede Ika North Delta Millstone Allied Builders Ltd, 3 Metuiwe street, Okpanam, Delta state Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    184* Emergency repairs of Agidiase Edo Otui road, Ogwashi Uku Aniocha South Delta Makanaky-Zia Investment Ltd, No. 31 Azagba Road, Ogwashi Uku Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    185* Emergency repairs of Alifekede Road Agbor Ika South Delta De-Towers Construction & Allied Services Ltd, 68 Chinda Street, Ada George Port Harcourt 8037196780 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    186* Emergency repairs of Eddie Baroon street by Junic Hotel, Off Ibusa Road, Asaba Oshimili South Delta Dada Global Resources, No. 1 Asagba Palace Road, Asaba, Delta State Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    187* Emergency repairs of Etua Etiti Etua Oliogo Etua, Utagba Uno Ndokwa West Delta KGDN Technologies Ltd 15, Bishop Dimieri Street, GRA, Port Harcourt Hon Moses Iduh Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    188* Emergency repairs of Umuhu Community Road, Otolokpo Ika North East Delta Gojac Properties Ltd, Suite 13 NNPC Estate, Office Complex, Area 11, Garki, Abuja Eugene Nneji 08033225792 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    189* Emergency repairs of Catholic Mission Road, Ndemili Ndokwa West Delta Landsand Engineering Ltd, House 9, Road 6911, Gwarimpa, Abuja Barr. Sam Osasa Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    190* Emergency repairs of Oyibu Street Ika North East Delta Reginalo R and N Nigeria Ltd Plot 45, DDPA Housing Estate, Asaba, Delta State 8037226719 Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    191* Emergency repairs of Umunor Osissa-Ogbetiti, Osissa town Ndokwa West Delta Dan-Olinkers Global Services Ltd, 62, Umunede Road, Umutu, Delta State Peter Nwaboshi 28/5/2018
    209* Emergency repairs of Eleh street, Umutu Ukwuani Delta Dac and Associates Engineering Ltd, 628 Umunede Road, Umutu, Delta State Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    211* Emergency repairs of Palace road, Umutu Ukwuani Delta Daneve Global Investment Ltd, No. 50 Igili Road, Umutu, Delta State Monday Ossai Ezihimechine Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    212* Emergency repairs of Alegwe/Anglican Road, Owa-Alero Ika North East Delta Dora Dan Global Resources Ltd, 300 Obi Ihechukwu Road, Agbor, Delta State Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    232* Emergency repairs of Ubuluno-Ashama Road Aniocha South Delta Fada Construction Ltd, 41, Okpanam Road, Asaba, Delta Dr. Chris Agbobu Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    233* Emergency repairs of Eke market road/Akwu /DDs/Isho road, Ubulu Ukwu Aniocha South Delta Reginalo R and N Nigeria Ltd Plot 45, DDPA Housing Estate, Asaba, Delta State 8037226719 Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018
    245* Emergency repairs of Illah Internal Road, Illah Oshimili Delta Crakfin Nigeria Ltd Suite 49 Futeb Plaza, Opposite Refinery Junction, Effurun/Sapele Road, Effurun, Delta Nelson Agbamuche 07065136117 Peter Nwaboshi 4/6/2018

    It requires no special skill and it is not rocket science for any discerning Nigerian to figure out that Nwaoboshi has abused his position and NDDC Senate Committee chair to bleed the agency and line his pockets and those of his friends and cronies with fictitious contracts. Before Nwaoboshi hashes the predictable defence that he was merely trying to bring home the proverbial beacon to his Delta state kinsmen, let him first tell Nigerians the number and frequency of projects in Delta state that he has padded into the federal budget. Besides, as an elected lawmaker, his job is to pass laws to improve the lives and welfare of the Nigerian people; not bringing the pressure of his office to extort contracts from the NDDC. By the way, should the emergency repairs of roads in Delta state be an issue of prime concern to Nwaoboshi or the elected governor of the state? Since Nwaoboshi has usurped the powers of the governor, can he ascertain how many of these his “emergency” no-bid projects were actually executed and delivered to the NDDC?

    It is not just a criminal mindset that justifies this kind of corruption and racketeering at the expense of the Niger Delta people, but one that revels in it, with an air of impunity and entitlement. There are at least 36 senators from the nine NDDC states; why is Nwaoboshi the only senator who has secured such a high number of projects from the NDDC? He seems to have an obsession with the NDDC because his unbridled greed betrays and outrageous display of megalomania and moral depravity that stinks to the High Heavens. It is even more disgusting when he peddles bold-faced lies to cover-up his unconscionable criminality. To paraphrase Nwaoboshi’s own words: “No amount of brazen denial can subvert the documented evidence” presented here. The more he keeps trying to desperately exonerate himself from his beleaguered past relationship with the NDDC; the more he indicts himself.

     

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