The main opposition party in the country, People Democratic Party has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately suspend Senator Godswill Okpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs following huge financial misappropriation in the commission.
This was contained in a statement released by the party National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday, the party also called on the president to disband the Interim Management Committee of the commission headed by Mr Kemebradikumo Pondei as the committee has been accused of corruption.
Ologbondiyan said the corruption allegations level against the commission has brought huge embarrassment not only to the Niger Delta region but to the nation in general.
The spokesman insist that the investigation in the commission can not yield any positive result as long as the Minister and the IMC are still in charge of the commission.
The party also condemned the action of the Nigeria Police has the operatives Thursday lied siege at the of the residents of former acting managing director of the commission, Mrs Joi Nunieh in an attempt to arrest her.
The party called on Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu to provide adequate security for Mrs Joi Nunieh and principle witnesses in the investigation.
The party statement reads in party :
“The PDP states that the immediate suspension of the minister and members of the IMC is the only way to ensure that such individuals do not interfere with investigations or tamper with vital documents.
“The party holds that the suspension should be a prelude to unhindered investigation and prosecution of all those indicted in the wholesale fraud in the NDDC which has hindered the commission from delivering its mandate to the people of the Niger Delta region under the current administration.
“Our party invites President Buhari to note that already, there are manifest efforts to frustrate investigations into the NDDC activities as witnessed in the attempt to abduct and silence the whistleblower, former acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Joy Nunieh, to prevent her from further exposing the alleged corrupt conduct of the embattled minister and the IMC.
“Nigerians are also aware of the condemnable conduct of the current acting Managing Director of the indicted IMC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, who walked out on the House of Representatives committee investigating the corruption in the NDDC, ostensibly to frustrate the speedy and coordinated audit of the activities of the IMC.
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