All Progressive Congress (APC) stakeholders in Akwa Ibom State blasted the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday for calling for the Niger Delta minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to be sacked.
On Monday, the PDP had urged Akpabio to step aside in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over suspected corruption and improperties to allow the National Assembly to carry out its investigation.
But APC leaders and stakeholders in the state in a statement signed by Dr. Emaeyak Ukpong, former member of the House of Representatives, Obongawan Geraldine Etuk, Treasurer, National Council of Women Societies, Mr. Enobong Umoetuk, Mr. Victor Antai, and Mr. Etim Etim said the rot in NDDC was mostly recorded during the country’s 16-year PDP governments.
They said that Akpabio should not be held responsible for the rot of the last 20 years which the forensic audit is intended to unravel.
The communique states in part, “We condemn in its entirety the malicious, noxious and reprehensible statement issued by the PDP yesterday calling on Senator Akpabio to be suspended from office due to the probe of the National Assembly.
“We wish to state categorically that the rot corruption and waste(s) of resources in the NDDC were recorded mostly during the 16 years of the PDP governments in the country.
“The PDP governments (1999 – 2015) in the country also frittered away our resources in various corrupt schemes, instead of investing in critical infrastructure and amenities in the country.
“The nation was, therefore, plunged into deep economic depression and social dislocations before President Buhari took over on 29 May 2015.
“The huge financial resources and assets recovered from corrupt officials of the past PDP governments in the country attests to the depth of savagery and plunder the nation suffered in 16 years.
“Senator Akpabio has only been the Supervising Minister of NDDC for less than one year. Within this time, he has worked with the Management of the Commission to complete its new head office building which had been under construction for 20 years, and is working on the forensic audit of the Commission which the President ordered.”
The stakeholders alleged that the controversies surrounding the NDDC’s forensic audit were supported by those who engaged in different ways to rob the commission adding that their goal was to compel the President to dismantle the NDDC ‘s interim management and discontinue the audit.
They, therefore, urged President Buhari to continue to be resolute in his determination to conduct the forensic audit in the NDDC and reposition the Commission for the benefit of the region