Ijaw leader, Pa E.K. Clark has denied media reports that he owns Genuine Construction Engineering Limited, a firm which was awarded a contract for the shoreline protection project at Ogbolomabiri Community in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The project, which was captured in the 2010 budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), amounted to N7.9 billion with 90% of the contract sum released to the contractor who failed to execute the job.
The 94 year old Clark in a statement described the media reports as malicious, wicked, mischievous and fabricated allegations concocted to tarnish his image and reputation.
“I have just read the mischievous, false and ludicrous allegation made against me, Sen. Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, in the various media, particularly the social media, which was brought to my attention, that I own, or I am associated with a certain company named Genuine Construction Engineering Ltd, which was awarded a contract for shoreline protection project, which was captured in the Budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), in 2010, amounting to the sum of N7,973,336,024.75, and situated at Ogbolomabiri Community in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, and that 90% of the contract sum was released to me.
“These malicious, wicked and fabricated allegations are not true. We have been down this road before. These same jobbers who are hired to lie against me, a 94-year-old man, had earlier, about a year ago, spread these false rumours to tarnish my reputation, but their lies fell flat on their faces. At that time, I promptly refuted their allegations against me on the 7th and 8th of August, 2020, through my Lawyer, Barrister Olukayode (Dr.) Ajulo. His rebuttal was advertised in the Vanguard Newspaper of 9th August, 2020.
“I am presently in the United Kingdom, from where my attention was drawn to this fabricated, cruel and malicious publication of what I will now like to describe as a yearly ritual for those who are afraid of me, and of course their cohorts, commentators and warped, jobless and ignorant politicians, who have promptly made several comments in favour of an untrue story, believing that they can browbeat me, or stop me from making public statements on national issues, particularly on the mandatory need to restructure Nigeria, either in my position as elder statesman; Chairman, Southern/Middlebelt Leaders’ Forum and as Leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).
“Well shame to these traducers, because they have failed woefully and will continue to fail. Whom God has blessed; no man can curse. No human being created by God either in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world, can or will succeed in blackmailing me to submission. It is not a boast, it is a humble appreciation of God’s mercies and blessings, which have been bestowed upon me”, he said.
Clark, who is also the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), said he refused to make public the owners of
Genuine Construction Engineering Limited, when the allegations first came up in 2020 but is now forced to, following the silence of the owners for sinister reasons.
He said: “I deliberately did not instruct my Lawyer to name the owners and Directors of the said Genuine Construction Engineering Ltd, when the allegations were first made last year, because the information is there in the public domain as provided by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and at the NDDC Office, which knows to whom it awarded the contract.
“I expected these cruel and intellectually lazy commentators and politicians, to have done their research before putting their mouth, or should I say their fingers, to make comments and type on a matter they know nothing about.
“Also, the owners and Directors of the said company, have decided, for reasons best known to them, to remain silent. I have, therefore, decided, after intensive investigation, to disclose the ownership of the said Genuine Construction Engineering Ltd, and the particulars of its directors.
“The principal Shareholder/Directors of Genuine Construction Engineering Ltd, which was incorporated in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, with Registration Number 665917, registered on 6th September, 2006, with its registered office address as Plot 11, Bodo Street, GRA Phase II, Port Harcourt, has Pelfaco Ltd, Gesi Asamaowei and Brenda Asamaowei as owners, Directors and key management personnel. Pelfaco Ltd was also incorporated in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, with Registration Number 119511. It was registered on 26th October, 1988, with its office address as 7, Afam Street, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Its shareholders, Directors and key management personnel are Mr. Ebigesiye Pele A., Pele E. Afa and Gesi Asamaowei”.
The elderstatesman while maintaining his innocence, stressed that he does not have any connections or association with the said company and assured his family, friends, associates and fellow compatriots, who believe and trust in him, that he is completely innocent of all the accusations.