By Cletus Opukeme, Warri
If information at the disposal of Daily Watch news desk is anything to go by, Senator Godswill Akpabio is plotting to extend the Sole administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC) Mr. Akwa Efiong which was to serve till the conclusion of the forensic auditors public report by April,2021.
Daily Watch reliably gathered that Senator Godswill Akpabio is practically working to see that he gathers enough money from the NDDC coffers to sponsor his yet to be announced 2023 presidential ambition, which gives the reason why he needed people who are loyal to him to siphon the treasury of NDDC through illegal appointments as interim board and sole administrator.
The controversial appointment of his ally from Akwa Ibom, Mr. Akwa Efiong which stirred a lot of protests in January, 2021 that he later came to calm down frail nerves, declaring sole administrator appointment to terminate April, 2021 after the successful conclusion of the forensic audit report.
We can report exclusively that Senator Godswill Akpabio is now plotting to extend or confirm the sole administration as substantive board chairman, lobbying and bribing with huge millions of naira of presidential cabal leaders, Niger Delta opinion leaders/monarchs, youths leaders, including ex-millitant leaders to remain calm, if subsequently he succeeds presidential nod and announcement.
Confirming Daily Watch’s finding, the controversial leader of Izanzan camp, Amb. Yerimene Salaco, the group who blew the monumental looting of NDDC treasury by Senator Godswill Akapbio and Professor Pondei had again stated in a fresh alarm of Senator Godswill Akpabio’s plot to extend or confirm the sole administrator as chairman of substantive NDDC board, using presidency support to jointly loot the resources of the commission.
The group said, “Apparently, Senator Akpabio and collaborators are taking Niger Deltans simplicity and peaceful nature for granted. If stakeholders continue to allow themselves to be bought over with peanut by Akpabio, they will live to regret in the coming years.
” Over the time, we have clamouring for the Constitution of the substantive board where all states will have sense of belonging but Senator Akpabio is using the forensic Audit as an excuse while looting the treasury of the commission in the guise of clearing and distilling and other worthless contracts.
“We’re very sure that, Akpabio is politicizing the processes of the forensic audit, delaying the process while heavily looting the commission to enable him fund is 2023 presidential ambition.
“While we are strongly berating the new tactics of Akpabio to extend the tenure of the sole Administrator, we’re again urging Niger Delta stakeholders to rise-up now before Akpabio will do his worst” the group stated.
On Senator Seriake Dickson’s pemphaticallyn NDDC, the group said, “Convincingly, we are well pleased with the position of Senator Dickson, we are glad that is already taking the bull by the horn and we want to strongly believe that he will not compromise his patriotic position over the Constitution of the NDDC substantive board.
“We’re convinced beyond reasonable doubts Presidency is also behind the cruel democratic attitude of Akpabio, hence we are emphatically reinstating that one day we will rise up to demonstrate heavily and rudely to save the NDDC and the Niger Delta region at large. A word is enough for the wise.” The statement added.
When we called Senator Godswill Akpabio to get clarification on the matter, his phone was ringing without a response.