By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke

ABUJA—THERE was drama, yesterday, when the National Organising Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Osita Izunaso, declined his nomination into Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, as a representative of Imo State on the board.

Disclosing this, yesterday, during the screening of former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, as Chairman of NDDC and other nominees, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta North), said that Senator Izunaso wrote the committee, rejecting his membership because his community does not belong to the oil producing part of his state.

Senator Nwaoboshi, who read the letter sent to the committee by Isunazo to support his decline, said that the nominee commended the president for the nomination, but implored him to appoint another person from the oil producing area of the state.

In the letter by Isunazo who noted that he rejected the nomination to avoid crisis in the state, said that he would not want to take up the appointment since he was not an indigene of the oil producing area in Imo State, adding that he would not be taking up the nomination against the backdrop that it was against the NDDC Act.

More drama also played out as two other nominees, from Abia and Ondo States appeared before the committee.

When the nominee from Abia, Donatus Enyinnah appeared before the committee, he was simply asked whether he is an indigene of oil producing area of the state.

When he answered in the affirmative, the chairman simply referred him to a document from Shell Petroleum Development Company and the office of the Surveyor General of the Federation, which both confirmed that the nominee was not from oil an producing area.

There was another drama when the Ondo nominee, Chief Tokunbo Ajasin, appeared before the Senate committee.

Senator Nwaboshi simply asked him whether he was from an oil producing area and he said ‘No.’

The senator said: “I don’t want any crisis from Ondo State that is the more reason that I made the screening open for everybody to witness. I respect your father the late Pa Adekunle Ajasin.”

the leader of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, but the power to appoint reside with the President, we can’t decline the nomination, we would recommend to the Senate who has the power to decline the appointment.”

According to Nwaoboshi, over 30 petitions were against Ajasin and that the committee would make appropriate recommendations to the Senate and the Committee asked Ajasin to leave he screening venue.


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