Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Executive Director, Projects, Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says no amount of blackmail will stop the commission’s ongoing forensic audit.
He said this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Gabriel Choba, on Sunday in Abuja.
Ojougboh was reacting to reports quoting him as saying that he would leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2023, and return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The NDDC director described the allegation as “pure blackmail and campaign of calumny by those opposed to the forensic audit in the commission”.
He added that the blackmail was “from enemies who are against my rising profile in the commission and my stance toward ensuring forensic audit of past activities of the commission.
“The rumour, blackmail and campaign of calumny is from the pit of hell, coming from those who are opposed to the forensic audit in the NDDC that I have championed.
“Those spreading the rumour are afraid because I changed the narrative in the office of the Executive Director of Projects,” he said.
According to him, such rumour mongers are angry because, as Executive Director of NDDC Interim Management Committee, he goes on physical inspection of projects.
“My insistence on quality projects has created political enemies and envy. Such enemies are doing everything possible to drag me down.”
President Muhammadu Buhari in February ordered the forensic audit of the NDDC from 2001 to 2019, to address issues bordering on irregularities.