Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting Managing Director of the the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has walked out on a panel set up by the House of Representatives to investigate the commission.
Ponder left the presence of the panel after insisting that Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, its chairman is not fit to preside over the panel.
He said Tunji-Ojo has been indicted in the alleged fraud at the NDDC and so, cannot sit over the same matter in which he is an accused.
Pondei’s statement infuriated members of the committee who ordered for an arrest warrant for him.
The committee further passed a vote of confidence on Tunji-Ojo who was accused of corruption in the NDDC affairs.
Tunji-Ojo was alleged to have been a beneficiary of a contract by the NCDC.
“I am the Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC in the House of Representatives and I say without equivocation that I do not have any contract whatsoever at the commission,” Tunji-Ojo had said.
“I am aware of the responsibility bestowed upon me by the virtue of my chairmanship of this all important committee and as a result, have kept my integrity and ability to perform my functions with good conscience without soiling my hands.”
On Wednesday, the NDDC management had also failed to honour an invitation by the panel.
The NDDC has been embroiled in a series of corruption cases with former Managing Director, Joy Nunieh also billed to face the panel.
However, Nunieh’s residence in Port Harcourt was stormed by security operatives earlier on Thursday, but Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike came to her rescue.