37.3 C
Nigeria
Sunday, March 7, 2021

Reps to sue Akpabio for defamation

The House of Representatives has resolved to sue Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, for alleged perjury and defamation of the parliament.

Akpabio had on Monday, while appearing before the House Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission at an investigative hearing, alleged that members of the National Assembly get 60 per cent of contracts from the commission

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, with the leave of the House on Tuesday, had asked the minister to provide details of the contracts between 24 and 48 hours.

At the opening of plenary, Gbajabiamila announced that Akpabio had failed to meet the ultimatum issued to him, to prove his allegation.

“The honorable minister has failed to respond to my requests,” he said.

Join any of these WhatsApp Groups to recieve Prompt News Updates on WhatsApp;

The Speaker said he had consequently asked the Clerk to the House, Patrick Giwa, to meet their lawyers on the legal action against Akpabio.

Gbajabiamila said, “Last Tuesday, I issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs to substantiate his allegation that over 60 per cent  of contracts awarded by the NDDC went to members of the National Assembly. I said then that the Honourable Minister owed it to himself and the country to provide evidence to support these serious allegations.

“The Honourable Minister has failed to respond to my request. Therefore, I must conclude that his statement intended solely to gaslight the nation to avoid accountability for the evident maladministration and malfeasance in the NDDC.”

The Speaker noted that in his time in the House, he had held every leadership position, from Minority Whip to Minority Leader, Majority Leader, and now Speaker.

Gbajabiamila said, “I recognise that the House has not always lived up to the high expectations of the Nigerian people. As much as we still have a lot to do in that regard, I refuse to sit here in good conscience and allow anyone to assassinate the character of the House, in an attempt to deflect accountability for their conduct in office. Such mendacity as was witnessed at the public hearing will not be tolerated from anybody no matter how highly placed.

“This morning, I asked the Clerk of the House to engage the services of legal counsel, and instruct them to initiate a criminal complaint of perjury against the Minister. At the same time, we will instruct counsel to explore the possibility of a civil defamation suit against the Minister.”

The Speaker describe the House as a public trust placed in the care of the members during their term in office.

He said, “We must prove ourselves worthy of this public trust or risk the censure of history. Therefore, we will resist every attempt to undermine this institution, whether such attempts come from within or from outside. This House will live up to the highest expectations of the Nigerian people. This is our commitment, and we will not fail.”

 

-PUNCH

Receive Latest Updates on: WhatsApp: iR News Room, Facebook: Intel Region, Twitter: @intelregion, Instagram: @intelregion Telegram: iR Entertainment

Share your story with us: Facebook Messenger: Intel Region, SMS: +2347064212243, WhatsApp: +2347064212243, Email: [email protected]

Read More

I believe Buhari is not sleeping over insecurity – Jonathan

Nigeria's Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that he believes the current Pressident, Muhammadu Buhari, is not sleeping over the security situation of the...

I have accepted responsibility for the security of Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, released a statement to explain his commitment towards ensuring security in Nigeria.https://twitter.com/IntelRegion/status/1313421958080536581In a statement available to Intel Region, President Buhari said...

BREAKING: Ogun State House of Assembly impeach Deputy Speaker

The Ogun State House of Assembly has impeached its Deputy Speaker, Oludare Kadiri, on Thursday.https://twitter.com/IntelRegion/status/1313421958080536581Kadiri was impeached by 19 out of the 26 lawmakers...

Why crisis persists in Southwest PDP -Ayo Fayose

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart and former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, spoke with The Nation Deputy Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU in Lagos on...

The real identity of Lagos will not be neglected -Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday reiterated his administration’s commitment to the actualisation of the six pillars of development tagged T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda for Greater...

Hoodlums during #EndSARS protest looted $2million, N17million in my palace -Oba Akiolu

Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu has alleged hoodlums who attacked his palace on October 21, 2020 stole $2 million and N17 million.https://twitter.com/IntelRegion/status/1313421958080536581Hoodlums attacked buildings...

Foodstuff Blockade: Northerners Agree To Resume Southwest Trading

After about six days, the Leadership of Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria,...

BREAKING: President Buhari Gives Shoot At Sight Order To Security Agents To Any Possessor of AK-47

Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, says President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to shoot anyone seen with AK-47. https://twitter.com/IntelRegion/status/1313421958080536581Shehu, who disclosed this in an interview...

Latest News

- Advertisement -

YOU MAY LIKE