…Asks Akpabio to step aside for investigation
BY GRACE ANYANWU, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday said that the shocking details of allegation by the former acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Joi Nunieh, of massive stealing, manipulation of budget processes, victimization 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 Administration.
The Party specifically demanded that Senator Akpabio should step aside and submit himself for investigation over the weighty allegations.
The PDP also said that the monstrous sleaze being unearthed in the NDDC is just a tip of the iceberg of the stinking corruption and criminal racketeering that have pervaded the APC administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party also noted that the silence and inaction by the Buhari Presidency and the APC since the uncovering of the fraud in the NDDC signpost complicity at the highest levels as well as validate public stance that treasury looting and cover up for corrupt persons are normal official statecraft and manifesto of the APC and the Buhari administration.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said that Nigerians are still in a state of shock over reports of how the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, allegedly bullied officials to pillage the Commission’s foreign currency account and how the laid down procedures of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) are allegedly circumvented to siphon unapproved budgets.
The Party also said the developmet has also shown how innocent workers and federal legislators, who are averse to corrupt practices, were victimized, implicated and even harassed with fetish practices.