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House Of Reps Initiate Criminal Complaint Against Akpabio

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By Olubiyi Obasa


The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has revealed that, the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Gods will Akpabio, has failed to respond to the 48- hour ultimatum given to substantiate his allegation of over 60% of contracts that was awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to members of the National Assembly.


Gbajabiamila in a statement on Thursday also noted the intentions of the reps to engage the services of legal counsel to initiate a criminal complaint of perjury against the Minister.

While revealing that Akpabio owed it to himself and the country to provide evidence to support the serious allegations.

He stated, “last Tuesday I issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs to substantiate his allegation that over 60% (sixty per cent) of contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) went to members of the National Assembly.”

“The Honourable Minister has failed to respond to my request.

The honourable speaker also added, “This morning, I asked the Clerk of the House of Representatives to engage the services of legal counsel, and instruct them to initiate a criminal complaint of perjury against the Minister.

At the same time, we will instruct counsel to explore the possibility of a civil defamation suit against the Minister.”

He further revealed that the failure of the minister to respond to the request is solely to gaslight the nation to avoid accountability for the evident maladministration and malfeasance in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Hence, Gbajabiamila took his stand saying, he would not allow anyone to assassinate the character of the house despite the house not living to the high expectation of the Nigerian people while in an attempt to deflect accountability for their conduct in office.

“In my time in the House of Representatives, I have held every leadership position from Minority Whip, through to Minority Leader, Leader of the House (Majority Leader) and now Speaker.

“ I recognize that the House has not always lived up to the high expectations of the Nigerian people. As much as we still have a lot to do in that regard, I refuse to sit here in good conscience and allow anyone to assassinate the character of the House in an attempt to deflect accountability for their conduct in office. Such mendacity as was witnessed at the public hearing will not be tolerated from anybody no matter how highly placed.”

Moreover, he stated that, the House of Representatives is a public trust placed in their care for the duration of  term in office and the house must prove themselves worthy of this public trust or risk the censure of history.

He also pledged that the house must live up to the highest expectations of the Nigerian people and will not fail at it.

“Therefore, we will resist every attempt to undermine this institution, whether such attempts come from within or from outside. This is our commitment, and we will not fail, “he said.