Anambra: Firm denies giving Victor Umeh bribes

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A construction firm, Benejaf International Limited on Monday denied claims in an anonymous article that it have kickbacks to former Anambra Central Senator Victor Umeh.

The writer, who was identified as an APGA Stakeholder, had claimed that the firm gave the bribes after Umeh facilitated erosion control contracts in the state for it and ensured that it was promptly paid.
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However, the firm’s Managing Director/CEI, Mr. Joe Arachie, in a statement said the claim was false.

The statement titled, Re: Reasons Why Senator Victor Umeh Decamped to the Labour Party,
Response of the management of Benejaf International Limited,’ reads: "The attention of the management of Benejaf Internaltiona Limited has been drawn to a fabricated and baseless allegations linking the company to Distinguished Senator Victor Umeh’s decision to decamp to the Labour Party after losing the senatorial primary of the APGA.

The baseless and misinformed faceless writer who goes by the name “APGA Stakeholder" titled his/her allegations, "Reasons why Victor Umeh Decamped” a set of concocted lies, which was meant to suit his jaundiced narrative for reasons best known to him.

The reason for our response is not to join issues with this ignorant writer, but to set the records straight for the benefit of the general public, especially the good people of our beloved Anambra State, who may give in to this cheap blackmail and concoction.

It is the height of irresponsibility for the writer to have claimed that under the two previous APGA administrations, “Victor Umeh fronted lots of contractors, Benejaf International included, and alleged that the companies in turn gave him the senator 20 per cent of the awarded contract sum as kickbacks.

For the avoidance of doubt, Senator Umeh has never influenced any job or even payment in favor of Benejaf International Limited.

Benejaf International Limited has never given Senator Umeh a dime as “kickbacks” because the company does not practice such illegality since it started working in Anambra State.
Again, any contractor who gives 20 per cent as kickback to anybody will not be able to complete such jobs, and will likely abandon it as the sum exceeds the marginal profits made on contract awards.

The management of Benejaf International Limited is supportive of APGA as a party in Anambra State and in every election campaigns for the party as is allowed by law.
The so called writer does not know that number two in his concocted list – Benejaf International Limited, and number four – Arachie – on his list of supposed “Senator Victor Umeh Contractors” are the same person. Yet, he claims to be “an APGA Stakeholder!” What a pity.

Benejaf International Limited considers the allegation as simply the handiwork of desperate Anambra Central Senatorial politicians out to drag the company into their dirty politics of attrition.

It will be recalled that former Governor Peter Obi in 2010 invited Benejaf International Limited to solve the erosion menace at Adazi-Nnukwu. It is on record till today that we were the first indigenous contractor that showed strong capacity in solving erosion problems in Anambra State.

More so, 75 per cent of the works were completed before we got our mobilization.
This singular achievement and the quality of works we did opened doors for other projects awards to the company in the State.

We don’t require any godfather to get jobs in the State as our performance and quality of jobs done are testimonies to our ability to deliver; we are not accountable to anyone except the Governor and the State Ministry of Works as far as contract awards in the State are concerned.

Our projects speak for themselves and enquiry can be made from the Civil Engineering department of SPDC, TOTAL Energies, NAOC and University of Port Harcourt.

The management of Benejaf International Limited hereby dissociates the company from the allegations, especially by one who claims to be a stakeholder and whose identity is shrouded in secrecy, and enjoins the general public, especially the true stakeholders in both the party and the ministry that deal directly with us to discountenance the false publication.".

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