By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”SPEAKER ofÂ Delta State House of Assembly,Â Martin Okonta, has dismissed the allegation that some members of the House collected kickback running into millions of nairaÂ Â from Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, (DESOPADEC) last year, saying it was an act of blackmail by some persons against the lawmakers.
Speaking in an interview with Vanguard over the allegation which put the House in bad light last year, he said:Â â€œHonestly speaking, politics is about blackmail and the blackmail is that if some persons feel that their positions are threatened, they plot something to remove those they feel are their threats. And how do they go about this? They try to blackmail the person or persons they think are standing between them and what they want.â€
Noting that the House did not ask for bribe and received none from the oil commission, the speaker asserted: â€œYou see, may be some people within DESOPADEC are thinking of how they can come back for a second term and they cashed on it, saying all sorts of things. I kept quiet, taking it as one of those things they do in politics to blackmail.
â€œAt one time, they tried to blackmail those people they know are showing interest, but they failed to realize that those things do not come from the House.â€