Chairman of the House of Representatives Panel on the Niger Delta Development Commission, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has stepped down from the role.
Tunji-Ojo said he took the decision in order to avoid what happened last week when the Acting MD of the NDDC walked out on the panel.
Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting managing director of the NDDC, walked out on the committee last week after alleging that Tunji-Ojo and Peter Nwaoboshi, his counterpart at the senate, padded the 2019 budget of the commission.
In the committee meeting held last week Thursday, Pondei stormed out of the session after insisting that Tunji-Ojo, its chairman, would not preside.
He said Tunji-Ojo had been found to be involved in the alleged fraud at the NDDC and so, cannot sit over the same matter.
His statement infuriated other members of the committee who issued an arrest warrant against him.
Tunji-Ojo was alleged to have been awarded a road contract by the NDDC, before the new interim management came on board, an allegation he denied and challenged anyone with evidence to bring it forward.
“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,” he had said.
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Hon. Olubinmi Tunji-Ojo has just stepped down from presiding over the House Committee hearing on NDDC.
The drama continues.
Tunji-Ojo said on Monday; “I beg to recuse myself from this hearing. I want to avoid a repeat of what happened here last week.”
Meanwhile, Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs who has been accused of corrupt practices by a former MD of the NDDC, Joy Nunieh is also on sit for questioning by the panel.