* She lied, I sacked her over unverified contracts payments- Akpabio
By Cletus Opukeme, Editor, Abuja (Exclusive)
The recent sacked Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC) Ag. Managing Director, Dr. Gbene Joy Nunieh has reacted sharply over allegations levelled against her by the NDDC supervisor Senator Godswill Akpabio of sharp practices of unverified contracts payment running into billions of naira as basis of her sack and it is not connected to NYSC certificate forgery.Akpabio, told Daily Watch.
Dr Joy while responding to an exclusive Daily Watch auto-recorded phone inquiry to get to the root of the matter which she had debunked the allegation levelled against her. She described the Niger Delta Minister Senator Godswill Akpabio as a pathological liar and fired back her salvo at him in equal measure.
According to her, the Senator Godswill Akpabio wanted to compel her to swear to an oath of secrecy and loyalty.
That in one of their peace meeting at Abuja, according to ex-Ag NDDC Managing Director , Senator Akpabio as part of his conditions fior peace wanted her to accept the oath of secrecy and loyalty in presence of other members in the meeting, which she turned down as it was against her Christian faith .
She said the minister sacked her due to her refusal to go for the oath ritual and again her blunt refusal to approve unusual payments of his numerous contracts without verification from Akwa Ibom state and other loyal contractors.
She told Daily Watch that Akpabio could not tell the press that she was sacked due to sharp practices in NDDC as acting Managing director. That she left billions of naira in the office as at the time she left.
Dr. Joy added that Akpabio wanted her to use NDDC funds to sponsor his presidential ambition in 2023 which she also refused. Saying that her only sins against Akpabio was her refusal to take oath of secrecy, pay his phoney A’ Ibom contractors. That she turned down his request to sponsor his 2023 Presidential ambition with the common wealth of the people of Niger Delta which is meant to carry out developmental projects in the oil bearing but poor suffering communities.
She said she could not join Akpabio to steal NIger Delta people money as she is the highest traditional title holder in Ogoniland In Rivers state. That her God would not be pleased, if she pleases Akpabio and offend the Almighty God.
Recounting that there is a reason she was the only survivor in a boat mishap which all the other nine occupants died during the accident.
She vowed to open up at the right time to tell Nigerians many things about Akpabio and NDDC generally.
Dr. Joy Nunieh’s words” Thank you my brother , you said you are a journalist with Daily Watch, and you said Akpabio opened his mouth to tell you that he sacked me from the office because I was paying unverified contracts running to billions of naira. I don’t believe Akpabio can tell you that lie. If he did, then, he is a pathological liar. Did you put him on record?.
” I will just give you a brief as I will speak at the right time. Let me today tell the world why Akpabio sacked me because he has been pushing me to open up. Akpabio wanted to compel me to swear to an oath of secrecy and loyalty in presence of other two top NDDC male officials. He tried to do that in about three consecutive times and I looked at his face and bluntly told him no. That the God I serve his bigger than his secret oath. A secret oath to allow him to loot the money belonging to the people of Niger Delta. I refused allowing him to initiate me to a secret oath of secrecy and loyalty.
“” Akpabio wanted me to sponsor his presidential ambition in 2023 with money meant for the development of the Nger Delta region which I bluntly refused . These are some of my offence against Akpabio. I don’t regret for standing on the path of my people.
” Akpabio is a common thief, he lied to you that I was sacked because of sharp practices. He stole the common wealth of Niger Delta people. Let Akpabio face his probe and leave me alone. He want to drag innocent people to fall with him. I refused to join him to his oath of secrecy to cover him by signing fake contract documents. That is the sole reason why he sacked me. He was also saying that I am not a lawyer. He as well boasting that I came to Abuja to beg him. Are you recording? Listen, since he sacked me from my job, I have not travelled out of Port- Harcourt. This common mouthy criminal said I travelled to Abuja to beg him. Akpabio is a pathological liar. He has been running a calumny to discredit or tarnish my hard earned reputation I serve God and no amount of calumny will do me any harm. Let me use this privilege to tell Nigerians and the Inspector General of Police that from this moment, if any fly perches on my skin and causes any physical damage on my skin and my immediate family members, Senator Godswill should be held responsible. I know why I am saying this because Akpabio is a dubious character who is morally unfit to hold any sensitive public office in the country.
” I am highest traditional title holder in Ogoniland . I cannot steal from Nger Delta. I am an activist. Akpabio is benefitting from what he didn’t know how it come about. He didn’t know how NDDC was established. There is a reason why I was the only survivor of a boat mishap of nine occupants where I was the only survivor. My God is stronger than the gods of Akpabio. He will certainly perish. He will not have peace in his entire life.” she groaned.
However, Godswill Akpabio maintained during an auto recorded phone interview defending series of allegations with Daily Watch gave reason why he sacked Dr. Joy Nunieh, his words ” I scaked her because she did not perform up to expectation by paying unverified contracts running to billions of naira. Majority are water hycyntbs distilling . Some are without due process. She was bringing embarrassment to the commission which I am bent on sanitizing through forensic auditing. Dr. Joy was not sacked because of NYSC certificate forgery as was peddled in some media. Thank you that you Daily Watch who called to confirm your stories bedore publishing. I will forward to you her NYSC certified true copy from the NYSC board to tell you that her sacking has no bearing or connection with NYSC but sharp practices in NDDC” Akpabio confided on Daily Watch investigator.
However, Godwill Akpabio sent Dr. Joy Nunieh NYSC letter to Daily Watch in less than two hours though the whatsApp account of Dr. Cairo Ojougboh to confirm his allegation of financial crimes as reason for her sack.