- Godswill Akpabio might be in court any time soon
- This came after the minister of Niger Delta Affairs failed to publish names of lawmakers who allegedly benefitted from NDDC contracts
- The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has ordered the clerk to proceed with the process of a legal suit against Akpabio
In no time, a legal suit will be instituted against the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godwill Akpabio, on the order of the leadership of the House of Representatives.
This came after Akpabio failed to provide a comprehensive list of lawmakers who allegedly got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) within two days, Channels TV reports.
The speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, July 23, ordered the clerk to go ahead with instituting the suit against the minister.
According to The Cable, Gbajabiamila made it clear that no one will be allowed to “assassinate the character of the house”.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Gbajabiamila had ordered Akpabio 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 were 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.
The lawmaker made this known on Tuesday, July 21, after the need for it was raised by the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu.
The speaker said the integrity of the House has been brought into disrepute with the allegation, hence calling for the names of the indicted lawmakers to be mentioned.
Also, the acting managing director of the NDDC, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, slumped while he was grilled by lawmakers on Monday, July 20.
Pondei was cross-questioned by members of the House Committee on the NDDC over allegations of financial corruption to the tune of N40 billion. He was also questioned over N536 million paid to a group associate in the Niger Delta region.