The group in a press statement signed by Chief Izzi Yakiah, Vivian Oweibi and Goodluck Amakiwei national coordinator, national secretary, and legal adviser respectively exonerated the IMC of any wrong doing.
Rather they noted that the IMC deserved commendation for distributing the COVID-19 intervention fund as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to the nine states of the Niger Delta region.
The group alleged that the National Assembly Committee on NDDC “have not been thorough and operate due diligence in discharging their oversight function” which prompted President Buhari to order a forensic audit of the Commission with possible indictment of notable politicians and serving federal lawmakers.
“The recent barrage of attacks on NDDC by the national assembly committees is another unpatriotic journey that has frustrated the 2019 budget of the commission which expired few days ago leaving the region without any implemented developmental projects. It will also surprise Nigerians and people of the Niger Delta region in particular that the President has not commissioned any project in the region for the past five years because of constant political blackmail, intimidation and harassment of previous and present management set up to manage the commission. The records are there to show” the group stated.
The group which called for a probe into the allegation that 500 projects were inserted into the 2019 budget by federal lawmakers noted that the sudden speed which the National Assembly wants to carry out the probe of the IMC is suspicious and a ploy to arm twist Prof Pondei and his colleagues.
It declared that it would mobilise stakeholders in the Niger Delta region to rally round Prof Pondei led IMC and halt the continued blackmail and distraction in the bid to prevent a forensic audit of the NDDC.
The group commended the NDDC Management for effectively collaborating with the Ministry of the Niger Delta for the completion of the NDDC secretariat after 23 years of construction.
It appealed to the people of the Niger Delta to desist from the culture of pull-down syndrome of its leaders and support the IMC in its efforts to end the all corruption cases in the commission.