- Femi Gbajabiamila has made a U-turn away from his previous decision on NDDC probe
- Gbajabiamila said Kemebradikumo Pondei can now be invited by the probe panel
- The speaker had earlier stated that the embattled NDDC boss might not have to appear before the House committee again
As the probe into the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) continues to generate fury and fuses, speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the commission's managing director Kemebradikumo Pondei can be invited.
Legit.ng recalls that Pondei slumped while he was being grilled by lawmakers on Monday, July 20, over allegations of financial corruption to the tune of N80 billion.
Gbajabiamila later stated that the commission's acting boss would not be brought before the panel again, adding that the committee can use the documents presented by Pondei on Monday, July 20, to carry out its investigation.
But in subsequent development, the speaker said Podei can be invited by the probe panel now that the embattled NDDC MD is out of the hospital.
“What I said is that he has submitted his report, he was speaking to the written report and for that and for that day, he didn’t have to come back, we already had his written reports.
“However, the committee reserves the right to, completely, absolutely – now that we know he is out of hospital from all reports, and we thank God for his life, we thank God that he is okay, and now that we know that he is up and about, the committee has the absolute right to reinvite him for further questioning if the committee so chooses that they need him and that is my ruling on that,” the speaker said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that Gbajabiamila has ordered Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta, to publish names of federal lawmakers fingered in shoddy NDDC contracts.
Senator Akpabio, who appeared before the House of Representatives committee probing the Niger Delta commission, had alleged that 60% of the NDDC contracts are awarded to the lawmakers from the lower chamber.
Reacting to Akapbio's allegation, Gbajabiamila challenged the minister to publish the names of the lawmakers who are involved in the NDDC contracts.
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