SINCE last Thursday when a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja said that it never made a request excusing the Prof. Kemebradikumo Ponder-drove Interim Management Committee, IMC, of Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC, concerned partners of the oil-rich area have been standing by to get with President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, where they acquired the court directive they guarantee, enabled them to foist an Interim Administrator by and by on the interventionist office.

Striking out the suit by the Incorporated Trustees of Forum for Accountability and Good Governance against the Ponder-drove IMC, the managing Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, unequivocally expressed: “There was no organization for a between time directive (against the IMC) conceded by this court.”

For the shirking of uncertainty, Justice Mohammed explained that the court just conceded leave to the candidates to initiate lawful activities against NDDC IMC.

President followed up on non-existent court directive Curiously

President Buhari had, on December 12, a year ago, depending on a nonexistent order by the court, kicked out the NDDC IMC, which was likewise set up in dubious situation after the Senate had appropriately screened and affirmed an overseeing board for the Commission, October, a year ago, terminated the IMC and named the recent Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mr. Effiong Akwa, as Interim Administrator.

The President’s Media Adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, in an explanation, advocating the unlawful activity, said Akwa, a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants and a specialist of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, would accept headship till fruition of the legal review of the NDDC.

His words: “The turn of events (alluding to Akwa’s burden) got vital because of a plenty of prosecution and a limiting request gave as of late against the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC by a Federal High Court, FHC, in Abuja.”

How President Buhari happened “a limiting request” gave by FHC, Abuja shocked numerous in light of the fact that there was surely nothing of, for example, Justice Mohammed explained a week ago. Pastor’s coldhearted bumbles Stakeholders were for all intents and purposes consistent that the arrangement of a sole director was an indecency, however Akpabio, smart at protecting the faulty, six days after the deed was submitted, December 18, 2020, during the initial function of the fourth gathering of the National Council on Niger-Delta, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said that it wasn’t right for partners to allude to an official arrangement as lawlessness.

As per him, “Even the main leader overseer of money and organization went about as the sole executive of NDDC at different occasions, we have additionally had a sole director from Rivers State in the individual of Sime Tare; we have likewise had one from Cross River State, just as Mrs. Enya from Bayelsa while anticipating the affirmation of onboard.

It isn’t right that the NDDC has progressed admirably, they have not progressed nicely, and even in my time as a lead representative, they didn’t progress admirably.

In any case, the arrangement of a sole chairman for the NDDC today can’t be viewed as illicitness,” he raged. Excusing the Senate-affirmed board, the previous Senate Minority Leader said there was a need to take a gander at the formative difficulties of the locale prior to discussing the board, keeping up that the board is only a mixture of nominees from legislators.

He didn’t state how his own deputies in the commission were not from a government official. Not done, Akpabio, talking when he met with agents of the Forensic Auditing group who were in his office in Abuja to present an advancement report of the on-going mission on January 7, 2021, expressed again that the arrangement of a sole chairman for NDDC depended on a court order, adding that it was anything but an authority arrangement made by the Federal Government.

He noticed that the authority of the Commission held by Mr. Effiong Akwa was not perpetual and would just last the term of the scientific evaluation after which a board would be initiated most likely in April.

Regularly updated embarrassment — Nwikinaka, NDRC

Notwithstanding, the inquiry numerous Niger-Deltans are posing is:

From where did President Buhari and Senator Akpabio get the phony court directive which they clamorously depended on in firing the dubious Ponder-drove IMC, particularly as Justice Mohammed had freely pronounced that he gave no such order? Should the astute way be to initiate the Senate-endorsed Governing Board of NDDC with previous Deputy Governor of Edo State, Hon? Pius Odubu as Chairman and Mr. Benjamin Okumagba as Managing Director-assign since 2019?

A gathering, Niger-Delta Renaissance Coalition, NDRC, last Thursday, encouraged President Buhari to adhere to the law and introduce the endorsed board for NDDC to turn away the approaching rebellion that would come to pass for the commission.

Public Chairman of the gathering, Comrade Damian Nwikinaka, stated: “It is dishonorable that the untruths and plots attempted by the Niger-Delta Minister in capturing NDDC have gone to a despicable resolution in two illicit heads making a case for the headship of the organization.

The most recent humiliation is from the decision of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which said in plain terms that the Federal Government lied in expressing that it (the court) provided a controlling request against the Interim Management Committee forced on the NDDC, on which premise Chief Akpabio caused one of his previous helpers, Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa, to take over as sole chairman.

In selecting Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa as the sole overseer of NDDC, the clergyman had guaranteed that the court provided a particular controlling request against the IMC. At the time he made that burden of Mr. Effiong Akwa in December 2020, we had called attention to the ridiculousness in supplanting an illicit meeting with a similarly unlawful arrangement.

Both the IMC and the sole overseer are illicit arrangements as they are obscure to the NDDC Act of 2000 as changed, which endorses that the NDDC will be overseen by a Governing Board with enrollment from the nine constituent states,” he added.

Did anything go awry?

A source, in any case, told NDV: “actually Senator Akpabio mistakenly deciphered the choice of the court not that he needed to force another sidekick on NDDC.” The source added: “Prof. Contemplate and Dr. Ojougboh and truth be told, the IMC didn’t do anything incorrectly to warrant their sack.”

Be that as it may, an advantaged witness expressed: “On the off chance that they state Akpabio misjudged the court’s choice, at that point he more likely than not confounded a few choices and duped Mr. President in the process this while. How might you say he misunderstood what doesn’t exist in the principal occasion and the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General didn’t likewise recognize the wrongness prior to prompting Buhari?

Some prompt past directors of NDDC apparently visited a high-positioning Federal Government official over certain issues identifying with IMC without approval from Akpabio and in view of the affectability of the issue, the authority in their essence reached the priest, who protested chose to get rid of the contraption, that is what occurred. He is in control and you don’t play with that,” he added.

Some, in any case, see the present-day “wrongdoings” executed at the interventionist organization as exceptionally unfortunate for NDDC and the locale. Not actually a select formation of Akpabio but rather he has heightened the beat, which is the reason in managing the mounting disarray, President Buhari needs to distinctly ask Akpabio how the fake court order was gotten, that is if really he was duped.

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