BREAKING: Tunji-Ojo steps down as House Committee Chairman on NDDC

The Chairman of the House Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Hon, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo as stepped down from the panel.

He recused himself from heading the investigative probe on Monday during the hearing to probe the alleged N40 billion spent by the commission.

According to him, he stepped down from the panel and coordinating the hearing after allegations of corruption were directed against him.

Recall that the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Prof Kemebrandikumo Pondei, and his team had walked out on the House Committee on NDDC investigating the mismanagement.

Pondei said the NDDC management walked out of the venue of the hearing after the commission accused the Chairman of the Committee of corruption.

He said: “We in the NDDC are not comfortable with the Chairman of this committee, presiding over a matter.

“He is an accused party; the NDDC has over time accused Rep. Olubumi Tunji-Ojo of different crimes against the NDDC and he has responded in the press.

“He is an interested party and we do not believe that the NDDC can have justice because he cannot seat on his own case.

“We have no issue of appearing, we appeared before the Senate ad hoc committee”, he said.

He added that as long as Tunji-Ojo remained the Chairman of the committee, he and his team would not make any presentation.

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