The Niger Delta Development Commission has dismissed the claim by a Niger Delta militant group that the commission spent N40bn to prosecute the December 10, 2016 rerun elections in Rivers State.
The NDDC also debunked the allegations from the militant group, known as the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, that N80bn meant for the development of the oil-rich region was used to prosecute the election of a former South-South governor.
Explaining that there was no iota of truth in the allegations, the NDDC said in a statement by its Head, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Chijioke-Nnadi, on Wednesday, that the new management and governing board had just assumed duty and had never awarded any contract of such magnitude (N120bn).
The statement read in part, “We wish to state categorically, and without reservations, that there is no iota of truth in the allegations by the group, The Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, that N80bn, which was supposed to be used in developing the Niger Delta, was used to prosecute the election of a former South-South governor, while N40bn was also withdrawn from the NDDC coffers to prosecute the last rerun elections in Rivers State.
“The commission’s new management and governing board have only just assumed duties and have neither awarded projects yet nor undertaken any transactions of such magnitude.
“These facts are verifiable. It is, indeed, very important for stories, where such claims are made, to pass the litmus test of verity and fact. Otherwise, we avail ourselves to the malicious mischief and manipulation of propagandists and peddlers of rumours and lies.”
It, however, appealed to the militant group to shun violence as a means of engagement with government and embrace peace.
The statement added, “While the commission recognises the right of individuals and groups to advance for regional development, we wish to, once more, restate that development occurs best in an atmosphere of peace and security.