Nigeria’s House of Rep to sue Akpabio over NNDC contract scam allegations
* HoR says Akpabio fails to respond to challenges
* Seeks legal process for redress
* Wants end to NNDC contract scam
Nigeria’s House of Representatives plans to drag the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio for alleged perjury and defamation of the parliament.
The HoR Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila on Thursday said the ex-governor who now heads the ministry of Niger Delta Affairs had failed to meet the ultimatum issued to him, to prove his allegation.
“The honorable minister has failed to respond to my requests,” he said.
Gbajabiamila said he had consequently asked the Clerk to the House, Patrick Giwa, to consult the Legal Department on how to institute legal action against Akpabio for perjury and criminal defamation.
Akpabio had on Monday while appearing before the House Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) at an investigative hearing, alleged that members of the National Assembly get 60 percent of contracts from the commission.
On Tuesday the HoR speaker had called out the minister and challenged him to publish the list containing names, the contracts and the sum of contracts awarded to the members of the legislative arms of government.
Gbajabiamila gave the minister 24 to 48 hours to respond to the challenge from the House, otherwise, the HoR will be forced to take some legal means to redeem its image.
The NDDC scandal has dominated both the mainstream and social media in recent times as various allegations and counter-allegations have been made against the management of the commission and top members of the parliament over contract scam in the NDDC.
NDDC was established to fast track development in the oil producing areas of the country, which has been neglected by successive administrations in the country.
However, fillers from the commission have shown that the bulk of money allocated to the agency for the developmental purpose has been diverted by individuals for personal use, depriving the region of the needed infrastructural projects.