GODSWILL AKPABIO IS STILL NOT CLEAN OF ALLEGATIONS LEVVELD AGAINST HIM, BENJAMIN KALU

GODSWILL AKPABIO IS STILL NOT CLEAN OF ALLEGATIONS LEVVELD AGAINST HIM, BENJAMIN KALU

NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER AS SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, BENJAMIN KALU REPRESENTING APC-ABIA HAS ALLEGED THAT THE MINISTER OF NIGER DELTA AFFAIRS, SEN. GODSWILL AKPABIO HAS NOT PROVED HIS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENT BEYOUND REASONABLE DOUBTS.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED AND MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PRESS, KALU CHALLENGED THE MINISTER TO APPROACH THE PUBLIC WITH DOCUMENTS TO PROVE THAT 60 PER CENT OF CONTRACTS IN THE NIGER DELTA DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (NDDC) WAS AWARDED TO LAWMAKERS.

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THE LAWMAKER RECALLED THAT, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, FEMI GBAJABIMILA, HAD CHALLENGED THE MINISTER TO PUBLISH THE LIST OF THE MEMBERS WHO BENEFITED FROM THE CONTRACTS WITHIN 48 HOURS.

KALU MAINTAINED THAT INSTEAD OF AKPABIO TO PUBLISH THE LIST FOR THE WORLD TO SEE IN THE INTEREST OF TRANSPARENCY, THE MINISTER CHOSE TO SEND AN EIGHT-PARAGRAPH PRIVATE LETTER TO THE SPEAKER.

THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EXPLAINED THAT THE LETTER BY THE MINISTER MADE REFERENCE TO PROJECTS OF 2018 WHICH PRE-DATED THE 9TH HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND HAD LITTLE TO DO WITH THE FALSE ALLEGATIONS.

THE HOUSE, THEREFORE, REITERATES THAT THE MINISTER WAS GIVEN AN ULTIMATUM TO PUBLISH NAMES AND NOT TO WRITE A PERSONAL LETTER TO THE SPEAKER.

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