By Karen Juwobor
The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission – NDDC – Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei has walked the on the panel set up by the House of Representatives to investigate the commission.
Pondei stormed out of the meeting today after accusing the Chairman, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo of being the mastermind behind the fraud allegation rampaging the commission which at the same time he (Pondei) is the accused and insist that Tunji-Ojo must not preside over the meeting of the House Committee on NDDC.
According to him: “We in the NDDC is not comfortable with the Chairman of this committee presiding over a matter.
“He is an accused party.
“The NDDC has, over time accused, Rep. Olubumi Tunji-Ojo of different crimes against the NDDC and he has responded in the press.
“He is an interested party and we do not believe that the NDDC can have justice because he cannot seat on his own case.
“We have no issue of appearing. “We appeared before the Senate ad hoc committee and as long as he remains, we will not make any presentation,” he said.
Interventions made by members of the Committee to convince Pondei that the issues he raised were personal proved abortive. Neither were they able to convince him that there was no petition or any document before the House accusing the Committee’s Chairman as he led his team out of the probe venue.
Reacting to the incident, members of the Committee described the action of the NDDC IMC as contempt of the parliament.
The committee which issued an arrest warrant on the team, also passed vote of confidence on the Committee’s Chairman, Tunji-ojo.