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Uncertainty looms as members await Senate confirmation - NNDC Board

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Protests have continued to trail the recently constituted board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

This is also as a source has hinted of palpable tension in certain circles in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, over indications that the announcement of the board may have been made without the knowledge of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The announcement, which was made on August 26, 2019 while Buhari was attending the 7thh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), has been generating mixed reactions with some Delta State and Ijaw groups expressing

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reverse the appointments.

“Already, moves are being made to by the hawks to convince Mr President to pacify aggrieved party members who had been promised board positions in NDDC with other equally “juicy” appointments in order not to compromise the party’s unity.

“You know that on many occasions, Nigerian People have been left with the notion that Mr President is mostly not aware of a lot of things that are going on around him. So these people are working round the clock to convince him not to either fire people nor reverse

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Pius Odubu, who was Deputy Governor of Edo State during Oshiomole’s tenure as Governor, as Chairman of the NDDC board.

“Buhari is said to have preferred Delta State to produce the Managing Director of the NDDC, especially as compensation to party henchman, Mr Great Ogboru, who lost the ministerial position of the Ministry of the Niger Delta to Senator Godwill Akpabio.

“It is believed that Buhari was to have favoured Mr Ogboru for the role he played during the last elections, especially his effort in ensuring that the statutory minimum 25 percent of votes cast went to the APC candidate.”

The Permanent Secretary, General Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olusegun Adekunle, had in a statement released on August 27, 2019, announced the 16 member board for the NDDC as “approved” by


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