- PDP has faulted Kemebradikumo Pondei, the acting managing director of the NDDC for collapsing during interrogation by the House of Representatives
- The party alleged that Pondei faked his collapse before the lawmakers
- The PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged that there is corruption at the NDDC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suggested that Kemebradikumo Pondei, the acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), faked his fainting at the House of Representatives on Monday, July 20.
The party in a statement through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the acting managing director of the NDDC collapsed because of the weight of corruption under the current administration.
Ologbondiyan said the fact that Pondei slumped after lawmakers demanded that he offers explanations on the contentious payment at the NDDC running into billions of naira seemed curious.
The PDP spokesperson alleged that Pondei slumped when faced with revelations of direct pillaging of resources meant for the development and welfare of the Niger Delta people.
He said the corruption at the NDDC is an indication of the large corruption and looting taking place in ministries, agencies of government under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
In another twist to the NDDC saga, Pondei, has revealed that the commission spent N1.32 billion as ‘COVID-19 relief funds’ for staff, not N1.5 billion as earlier reported in the news.
He disclosed this during Monday’s hearing by the House of Representatives’ NDDC committee on the alleged financial recklessness at the commission, Premium Times reported.
He disclosed that youth were given palliatives to help cushion the effect of the pandemic on the people. He said youth were idle and to avoid violence, they were paid.
“Five million for youth and five million for women and five million for people living with disabilities in each senatorial district,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pondei has been discharged from the hospital.
Pondei was rushed to a medical facility after he slowly slumped on his desk on Monday, July 20, while being asked questions by the House of Representatives committee on NDDC.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, informed the gathering after the NDDC boss was led out, that his doctor and some medical officials in the National Assembly were attending to him.
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