Group Calls For Removal Of Niger Delta Minister

Channels Television  
Updated June 29, 2013

A faction of Elders in the Delta State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), have called for the removal of the Minister of Niger Delta, Mr. Godsday Orubebe over alleged financial fraud.

The group took their protest to the head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.

But Mr Orubebe has dismissed the allegations, insisting that those calling for his sack do not have the understanding of what is going in the ministry.

Another faction of the group visited the office of the commission and asked the anti-graft agency to ignore the calls for the removal of Mr Orubebe.

The group, bearing several placards with different inscriptions, wants the Minister of Niger Delta to be investigated by the commission. The group is alleging that the minister abused his office in the award of contracts under his ministry.

When contacted for his reactions over the allegations, Mr. Orubebe explained that the process of awarding contract is primarily the responsibility of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

A faction of the Delta PDP elders took their petition to the head office of the Anti-graft agency. The group dismissed the earlier faction and praised the minister’s effort at addressing infrastructure in the region.

The minister said that the Jonathan administration is committed more than ever to the development of the Niger Delta and cannot be distracted by those who promote falsehood and negativity.