Collapse of NDDC MD Underlines Weight of Corruption in APC

July 20, 2020

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July 20, 2020

Press Statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the dramatic collapse of acting

Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

Daniel Pondei, while being grilled by the House of Representatives,

further underscores the weight of corruption that have bedeviled the All

Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

The PDP said it was obvious that the embattled NDDC acting Managing

Director collapsed under the weight and shame of overwhelming collective

guilt brought on him by the exposure of massive corruption being

perpetrated by NDDC officials and APC leaders.

It is revealing that Pondei could go no further in the face of scathing

revelations of direct pillaging of resources meant for the development

and welfare of the Niger Delta people, in an unbridled corruption

racket, in which the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio,

also stands accused.

It is rather curious that Prof. Pondei slumped after lawmakers demanded

that he offers explanations on the contentious payment of billions of

naira, alleged unbudgeted sums, to certain companies by the NDDC.

This is particularly as Nigerians recall that the embattled NDDC boss

had, last week, stalled proceedings by challenging the legislators and

walking out on the House of Representatives investigative panel.

The situation in the NDDC is just a tip of the iceberg on the humongous

corruption, looting spree and concealments going on in ministries,

department and agencies of government being perpetrated by APC leaders

and their cronies.

Our party restates our submission to President Muhammadu Buhari to

immediately suspend the Minister of Niger Delta Affair, Akpabio, as well

as disband the NDDC Interim Management Committee (IMC), if he indeed

desires the coordinated probe he ordered to yield any credible results.

The party urged President Buhari to note that the people of the Niger

Delta region, who are being deprived of their welfare, are following the

development with keen interest.

Moreover, the entire nation and indeed the global community are watching

the handling of the NDDC as well as the Economic and Financial Crimes

Commission (EFCC) fraud saga by the Buhari administration.

They are watching the unfolding drama, the rigmarole and veneers of

concealments by corrupt officials and APC leaders.

Mr. President must note that the malevolent odour of corruption oozing

out of his administration are too odious to be swept under the carpets.


Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

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