By Chikezie Odinkemere
DESCRIBING theÂ allegations by Nwagbosoâ€™s detractors to the effect that he was being investigated by the Code of Conduct Bureau as unfounded, Chief Ahakunna re-affirmed the position of the Community that they have inquired and conscien-tiously believe and affirm that as at date, the Code of Conduct Bureau has neither invited Nwagboso nor written to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on any pending investigation as to suffice an indictment.
The community leader therefore asked the Senate and the entire National Assembly to ignore the frivolous and unsubstantiated petitions against the Abia State nominee by hired and disgruntled individuals from the Local Government Area working in collaboration with some political detractors outside the Asa Community, Ukwa West L.G.A towards ensuring that nobody from the oil producing community rises up politically.
According to him,Â Nwagboso having received overwhelming support from the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Abia State Government, the PDP, a former Senate President, vote of confidence from the Abia State House of Assembly and support of the only oil-producing community in Abia State because of his impressive record of achievements in the past and the fact that he did not complete his tenure following the last NDDC Board dissolution, the Senate Committee should expedite action and ensure that Nwagbosoâ€™s nomination is confirmed.
Ubani who is also the President of Centre for Equity and Eradication of Rural Poverty in his own reaction said that Barrister Nwagboso who is currently being screened by the Senate Committee on Niger Delta is intelligent and eminently qualified to represent the State in the NDDC Governing Board taking into consideration his antecedent and impressive record of achievements during his short tenure on the second Board of the NDDC.
According to him, PresidentÂ Yarâ€™Adua re-nominated him because of his track record of accomplishments, impeccable character, loyalty and above all his peaceful disposition and age which serve as a bridge between the government and youths which has brought peace and harmony in the entire oil producing areas in Ukwa West LGA.
On the opposition from Senators Enyinnaya Abaribe and Nkechi Nwaogu on a flimsy reason of PDP party membership, Chief Ubani who was the first Organising Secretary of PDP in Abia State described their actions as a crude display of insubordination against the party leadership and Presidential directive on NDDC Board appointment as well as an affront on the collective wisdom and intelligence of PresidentÂ Yarâ€™Adua, the State Governor, Abia State House of Assembly and the entire Asa clan (Ukwa West LGA) who have given an overwhelming support to their illustrious son to represent them on the NDDC Board.
Ubani faulted theÂ assertion of these Abia senators thatÂ Nwagboso was not a member of the ruling Party (PDP). He said the Abia nominee is a bona fide indigene of Umuorgu, Ukwa West LGA and a card- carrying member of PDP whose contributions to the growth of the party in local, state and zonal levels are unparalleled. According to him, it was in recognition of this fact that the National Viceâ€“Chairman of the Party South-East Zone, Olisa Metuh wrote a letter of attestation to the said senators, Senate Committee on Niger Delta and the leadership of the Senate over Barrister Nwagbosoâ€™s PDP membership status.
Ubani argued it was clear that Senators Abaribe and Nwaogu were not well informed of the discretional powers of the President to make appointments in line with the enabling Act of NDDC from which President Yarâ€™Adua drew his legal strength in making appointments in the NDDC Board. By virtue of Section 2(2)(a) of NDDC Enabling Act 2000, he stressed the President has the discretionary powers to appoint anybody he deems fit into the Governing Board of NDDC, not necessarily a card carrying member of a particular political party. Further, he said that the appointment of Barrister Nwagboso into the position of NDDC Board pending confirmation by the Senate is in line with the tenet of that Enabling Act which empowers the President to appoint anybody of impeccable character into such position.
While appealing to the Senate to display high sense of maturity and objectivity in deliberating Nwagbosoâ€™s matter, Ubani said the Ukwa people were united in their resolve thatÂ Nwagboso who has the support of theÂ PDP,the Abia State House of Assembly and the oil producing Communities is the popular choice of the Abia people to represent them on the NDDC Governing Board.
Mr.Â Odinkemere, a lawyer, writes from Abia.