Professor Daniel Pondei, Acting Chair of the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC has been unwell for two weeks .

This is according to a statement by Charles Obi Odili, Director, Corporate Affairs of the commission who said Pondei’s condition deteriorated against his doctors advise not to attending the hearing.

He said , “The Commission wishes to disclose that Prof Pondei has been ill for the past two weeks. This morning, his condition deteriorated, and his doctors advised against attending the hearing. However, he ignored his doctors’ advice because of the realisation that his traducers will use his absence at the hearing to soil his name and reputation. He thought he could make it through the hearing and take care of his health later. As it turned out, his doctors were right. Prof Pondei is in a stable condition at a clinic in Abuja.”