Ex-Militant leaders from the Nine States of the Niger Delta region have declared their support for the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei against the the committees of the National Assembly over the allege attempt to arm twist and politicised the forensic audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the ex-Militants, the show of animosity being shown by the Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo led National Assembly Committee is distracting the Commission and provoking noticeable tension among Youths along the creeks and waterways of the Niger Delta region.
The Ex-militant leaders, made up of over Ninety-nine per cent of the First Phase leaders under the Presidential Amnesty Programme and under the aegis of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI), warned that the Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo led NDDC Committee should stop being used as a tool to distract the NDDC and allow the commission
focus on the forensic audit which all stakeholders, including Traditional rulers, Ex-militant leaders, governors of the nine Niger Delta States, agreed with Mr President as the way forward for the Commission.
The LPCDI, in a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by its National President, Chief Reuben C.Wilson and Secetary, Nature Kieghe, warned that though the NDDC Committee has the right to probe the commission on any issues of national and regional interest, “but when such interest include being used to stagnate the works of the commission and used by those who looted the monies for development of the region, we will resist it. The commission should stop this I sukting dramas and allow the commission to the audit ordered and commence work in the region. “
” We are aware that the National Assembly Committee is attempting to usurp the powers of President Buhari and threaten the commission on which files to be sent to the forensic auditors. It is clear that the Hon. Tunji Ojo led Committee is not aware that the Niger Delta people in their collective will would not allow the planned hyjack of the commission from Abuja and allow illegal dictate of frivolous payments of ghost N6.4 billion for 132 jobs which have no proof of execution. When most of the genuine contractors are waiting patiently to get paid. “
” It is clear that going forward, the Ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region, may consider the members of the National Assembly committees and those against the workings of the NDDC as enemies of the region. Revelations have started emerging that over 50 per cent of NDDC’s inability to deliver on its mandate is as a result of the stranglehold of the National Assembly on the Commission.we are also aware that the same National Assembly is responsible for the backwardness of the region in terms of development.”
” We also wondered why our elected national Assembly members from the Niger Delta region are silent in the face of the commission’s intimidation. Or are they also part and parcel of the grand plan to make the NDDC fail its people? Time to speak out against this injustice is now.! “
” The NDDC is a commission with a single account with the CBN, the Committee has the power to go and verify if any money is missing. And since an audit has been ordered by President Buhari, the IMC of the NDDC don’t have any need to face an arranged probe panel of the National Assembly. We warn these National Assembly members to allow the Commission work for the people of the region. And they should allow the Auidt ordered to work and be submitted. “