Delta Speaker, Ibori’s Daughter Clash Over DESOPADEC Contract

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa
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From Ochei Matthew, Asaba

A vehicle supply contract worth over N200 million for the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) has reportedly pit the leadership of the Delta State House of Assembly against a daughter of former Governor of the state, Janes Ibori.

A source who confided in our correspondent said the feud was between the Speaker, Hon. Monday Igbuya, his Deputy, Hon. Friday Osenebi and Chairperson, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Miss Ibori Erhitake

The source alleged that the Speaker had deployed his power to land the contract for himself while the two other lawmakers were also interested in getting the contracts.

Investigation revealed that a certain Mrs Uredi Ross, who was also allegedly involved in the contract to supply vehicles to the commission, got the contract ostensibly as compensation for supporting Governor Ifeanyi Okowa during the governorship election.

The source within the commission disclosed that Ross was invited to the commission’s headquarter to discuss the terms of the vehicle contract.

“The commission invited Mrs Ross but she refused to comment on the contract beyond claiming that the commission lacked the funds to finance the supply of vehicles,” the source said.

But when contacted, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr Henry Ehbiri, said: “My brother that story is not true, it is the imagination of people seating in a beer parlour cooking stories that are not true. Let me tell you, the Speaker and deputy Speaker are still best of friends. For Ibori’s daughter, she is like a daughter to the Speaker as well, so there is not rancour among them.”

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