Alleged $5m Dollars Bribe: Sponsored News Won’t Deter Him From Working For Buhari – Akpabio

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File photo: Former Akwa Ibom State Governor and a former serving PDP Senator, Godswill Akpabio (left) with President Muhammad Buhari on Sunday July 5, 2018 in London.

By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja


The Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has vowed that no amount of fake news sponsored by detractors will.prevent him from being commited to doing the right things that will move the region forward as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Akpabio who was reacting to allegations that he bribed the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and others to secure an appointment, in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Anietie Ekong, said that the allegations were false and peddlers would be dragged to court to present their evidence.

“However, we wish to state that no amount of sponsored fake news and blackmail would deter Senator Akpabio from doing the right thing as directed by Mr. President,” the statement said. 
 It explained that  the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio was  drawn to the piece of fake news which claimed that he paid $5 million bribe to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).  “We wish to state categorically that  this is a piece of malicious concoction manufactured from the pit of hell by mischief -makers. It is a figment of the imagination of the author of the fake news. Senator Akpabio denies the story in its entirety. 
“The authors of the fake news should be ready to back up their claim or face the full wrath of the law. “The story is a desperate attempt by some unscrupulous bloggers to impugn the integrity of the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami as the claim is not only spurious but utterly ridiculous,” the statement said.  It pointed out the fact  that in a suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020 filed by a Civil Society Organization, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, at a Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed had granted an order restraining the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC from performing the functions of the board and accessing the Commission’s offices and files. “The Order clearly listed the Managing Director Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, Acting Executive Director of Projects Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Mrs Caroline Nagboh and Cecilia Akintomide as those restrained. 
“The Order also asked that “the most senior civil servant or administrator in the Commission be appointed” to take charge of the Commission,” it saix. It noted that it was based on that order that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the elevation of the Acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Mr Effiong Akwa, being the most Senior Administrator to take over the headship of the NDDC as an Interim Administrator pending the completion of the Forensic Audit Exercise. “It is therefore absurd for anyone to even imagine that the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio would bribe the Attorney General before an Order of the Court is complied with as the purveyors of the fake news have stated. The general public should discountenance this piece of trash. “It is obvious that some  persons who are scared of the ongoing forensic audit of the NDDC as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari are working tirelessly to scuttle the exercise by blackmailing the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio,” it stressed.  
The statement further said that their modus operandi is to churn out fake news in a bid to stop Senator Akpabio from sanitizing the NDDC. 
“Otherwise, how can a responsible news website make such a grievous allegation without any shred of evidence to back up its claim? It queried.  
The statement assured that the Minister has the overwhelming support of the “impoverished masses of the Niger Delta who have borne the brunt of underdevelopment of the region over the years.”  

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