NDDC: Pondei says he did not pretend to faint during probe

NDDC: Pondei says he did not pretend to faint during probe

- The NDDC acting managing director, Pondei has dismissed the suggestion that he deliberately passed out during a probe

- Pondei made the statement in an interview with a national daily

- The NDDC managing director said he does not run away from issues

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The acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Kemebradikumo Pondei has dismissed the suggestion that he deliberately passed out during a session of the House of Representatives committee probing the commission.

Legit.ng recalls that Pondei on July 20, collapsed while answering questions from the panel probing alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the interim management committee of the NDDC.

NDDC: Pondei says he did not pretend to faint during probe

The NDDC boss denied staging the act, saying that he does not run away from issues. Credits: Collage sourced from Nairaland forum
Source: UGC

But in an interview with Vanguard newspaper, Pondei denied staging the act, saying that he does not run away from issues.

He said it was ridiculous for people to think that he faked the fainting during the House of Representatives probe.

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The NDDC boss said he has an unexplained challenge which caused him to pass out during the interrogation.

“I had an unexplained, unexpected health challenge. It is ridiculous to think that people believed I was acting. I would not pray for anyone to experience what I went through. I do not run from issues. I have put all that behind me,” he said.

He also denied the allegations that there was corruption at the NDDC.

Meanwhile, Pondei has alleged that the NDDC was coerced to pay for contracts by the National Assembly before its 2019 budget was approved.

He also alleged that over the years some lawmakers especially adhoc committee members held the commission hostage with the budget approval.

The NDDC boss in a statement through his special adviser on media, Edgar Ebigoni gave a detailed list of the contracts which the National Assembly allegedly compelled the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the commission to pay before having its budget approved.

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In a related report, Kemebradikumo Pondei has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IG) over the refusal of seven contractors to deliver on what they were paid for.

Pondei, who is the in a six-page petition dated July 29, entitled “Re: Forwarding of documents in respect of ongoing investigation,” claimed the contractors were each paid the sum of N232,209,600.00 to manufacture the chairs and desks.

The MD said the contractors delivered the chairs and desks to a warehouse not affiliated to the commission, This Day reported.

He also alleged that over the years some lawmakers especially adhoc committee members held the commission hostage with the budget approval.

Meanwhile, the northern group, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has stressed that there is a marked difference between the controversies surrounding the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

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In a statement issued on Sunday, August 16, by Yerima Shettima, its national president, the AYCF warned those trying to compare the alleged corruption cases against the NDDC with the activities of the NEDC as mischief-makers.

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