By Kathlene Ekpeyong
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom state has commended the recent sacking of Barr Basset Dan Abia by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The party through its state publicity secretary Mr Ita Awak maintained that the choice of Mrs Ibim Semenitari as a replacement by President Buhari was a step to the right direction, and described the former Rivers state commissioner for Information as a square peg in a square hole.
Ita Awak maintained that the people of Akwa Ibom who have all joined APC, are solidly behind the acting MD of NDDC and advised the President to confirm her appointment to enable her function without restraint.
“We in Akwa Ibom state chapter of APC have thrown our full weight behind Mrs Semenitari as a tested and elegant leader without any history of corruption, who can efficiently run the affairs of the NDDC in line with Mr President’s anti-corruption crusade,” Awak said.
The APC condemned the former management of the corporation led by Barr Dan Abia as inept and corrupt and urged the federal anti-graft agencies to arrest and prosecute the former leadership.
The APC spokesman also dismissed the agitation by prominent leaders in Akwa Ibom for the appointment of an Akwa Ibom indigene as substantive Managing director, saying that the constitution gives all power to appoint and fire to the president, adding that so far, Mrs Semenitari has lived up to expectations.
Meanwhile, the APC in Rivers state has appealed to President Buhari to facilitate the immediate release of the N800 billion owed the NDDC to the new Managing Director Mrs Semenitari.
In a statement signed by the Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, the Rivers state Chapter of APC however, expressed sadness that the Jonathan administration has made things difficult for the new NDDC Management by callously accumulating N400 billion debts to about 8,000 contractors, mostly Niger Delta sons and daughters.
“The PDP administration ensured the total neglect and underdevelopment of the region by undermining Section 14, 2A and C of the NDDC Act, which has to do with the funding of the Commission and was not complied with throughout the ill-fated administration of Dr Jonathan. To us, this is unacceptable, wicked and unfortunate,” Rivers APC said.