The special adviser to the president on Niger Delta and coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Dokubo has escaped a plot to blackmail him.
Series of allegations aimed at slandering the image of Professor Dokubo have been conceived by unscrupulous elements in a bid to profit through illegal and corrupt means from the agency.
The plot, which is already in its advanced stage, is being orchestrated by a director in the agency who has failed in his bid to misinform the general public about the amnesty effort of the federal government.
In a bid to cover his tracks of collecting money from contractors before and after mobilizations, an activity he is reported to engage in, in connivance with another official, the director is said to have has resorted to using misinformation to distract the general public and other relevant stakeholders.
In one of the campaigns of calumny, they reported fictitious contracts to the tune of N1.8 billion being awarded by the office of the coordinator for the Presidential Amnesty Programme to a company.
Since March 2018, when Professor Dokunbo was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, he has initiated diverse reforms which have continued to irk exploitative elements who have long benefited from clientelism and socioeconomic unrest that has bedeviled the Niger Delta region.
It was gathered that Prof. Dokubo has severally turned down overtures by those behind the plot, and now to get at him, they have resorted to blackmailing him.
Professor Dokunbo’s managerial ability coupled with his good knowledge of the problems of Niger Delta people and how to solve them so as to create an enduring peaceful coexistence in the region for business to thrive has not only repositioned the agency but has brought life, peace, succor and economic development to Niger Delta region.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has remained unyielding to the subtle pressure to get him personally endorse a particular candidate for the Senate presidency and Speakership of the 9th National Assembly.
The revelation is coming amid pressure by some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to secure the buy-in of the president to the plot to impose their preferred candidates as presiding officers in both Senate and House of Representatives.
Presidency sources say the president’s well-known position of non-interference remained unchanged, contrary to a report portraying him as meddling in the election of the leadership of National Assembly.
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