The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, July 13, issued a statement calling for the resignation of the Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio, in order to allow unhindered investigations into corruption allegations against him.
This was contained in a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
1st News had reported that a Senate ad-hoc committee hearing on the NDDC discovered that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission allegedly spent N81 billion within three months on Akpabio’s directives.
The PDP further stated that the larceny perpetrated in the NDDC is just a tip of the iceberg of the stinking corruption and criminal racketeering that have pervaded the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the PDP, “shocking details of an allegation by the former NDDC Managing Director, Joy Nunieh, of massive stealing, manipulation of budget processes, victimisation and implication of innocent Nigerians as well as fetish practices by corrupt officials, allegedly spearheaded by the supervising minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio, have further exposed how ministries, agencies, and departments (MDAs) are run under the Buhari-led APC administration.”
The party further lampooned the Buhari Presidency and the APC for its silence and inaction regarding the sordid affair within the NDDC.
According to the statement, this validates public opinion that treasury looting; and cover-up for corrupt persons are normal official statecraft and manifesto of the APC; and the Buhari administration.
“Nigerians are still in a state of shock over reports of how the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Akpabio; allegedly bullied officials to pillage the Commission’s foreign currency account; how the laid down procedures of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) are allegedly circumvented to siphon unapproved budgets; as well as how innocent workers and federal legislators, who are averse to corrupt practices, were victimised; implicated; and even harassed with fetish practices.
“The allegation by the former NDDC MD that a certain NDDC top notch said he can kill if Senator Akpabio asks him to do so; shows the level of recklessness and the victimisation in MDAs under the APC rule.
“More distressing is that the Buhari Presidency and the APC had remained silent; even when the embattled minister has not provided any concrete defence to the allegations; beyond personal attacks on the whistleblower.
“Nigerians will recall that our party had in April, alerted of massive looting in the NDDC; and called for an investigation; which was however not addressed by the government,” the party said.
PDP recalled that it also alerted that the NDDC management has not been able to give a cogent explanation to the reported Lassa Fever contract fraud; through which over N4 billion naira NDDC fund was alleged to have been frittered on hazy procurement deals.
“The PDP, therefore, demands that Senator Akpabio should step aside; and submit himself for investigation over these weighty allegations,” the statement further reads.