By Emmanuel Aziken
Members of the Abia State delegation to the National Assembly, yesterday accused the stateâ€™s nominee to the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Aloysius Nwagbaso of perjury and concealing facts concerning ongoing investigations against him.
Nwagboso has, however, accused those against him â€˜as professional petition writersâ€™,Â accusing them of crying wolf where there is none.
Nwagboso, who represented Abia State on the NDDC board until this year,Â has had his reappointment suspended by the Senate on account of the opposition raised by two of the three Senators from Abia and six of the eight members from the state in the House of Representatives.
Mr Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (PDP, Ukwa East/West, Abia), who deposed to an affidavit, yesterday affirmed that it was the wish and desire of the Abia people, that Nwagboso should not represent the state on the NDDC board.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the federal legislators, Nkem-Abonta alleged that Nwagbaso had tried to mislead the Senate of ongoing investigations against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
He averredÂ that “the correct position is that Mr. Nwagboso was invited and indeed appeared before the Code of Conduct Bureau Investigative Panel and was interrogated on September 24, 2009, precisely at11.00 am prompt. The news of the investigation was also aired by the AIT atÂ 9.00 pm on September 24, 2009.â€
He further averredÂ â€œthat the failure of Mr Nwagboso to state the truth and his deliberate attempt to conceal the fact and truth was in bad faith, dishonest and an indication that the outcome of the investigation will not favour him.
I was reliably informed by the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Mr Yakubu Turtuk and the Director of Investigation, Mr. Tony Kyunni, respectively, and I verily believed them that Nwagboso appeared before the Code of Conduct Bureau Investigative Panel and was questioned on September 24, 2009 and the said Nwagboso could not present a credible defence to the allegations being investigated, particularly the allegations of conflict of interest (award of contract to companies he owned), the issue of false declaration of assets and perjury.
I was also informed by persons aforesaid and I verily believe them that contacts had been made to Bank PHB (Lagos and Port Harcourt branches) for further investigation in this regard.â€
Nwagboso in a response to the Senate committee on Niger Delta dated October 12, 2009, however, denied the allegations, stating â€œthe allegations therein are wholly, completely and totally fallacious in its entire ramification.
The said petitions are also malicious, criminal lies and falsehood propagated by the machinations of evil and dubious minds to not only deceive and mislead the Senate and relevant authorities but also to ridicule me and impugn on my hard earned reputation.â€