July 18, 2024

President Bola Tinubu has given the go-ahead for Otito Atikase to take Mr. Victor Akinjo’s place as the Ondo State representative nominee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Ajuri Ngelale, the presidential spokesperson, made this announcement on Friday.

The President also gave his approval for Mr. Asi Oku Okang, the NDDC’s nomination for Cross River State Representative, to be immediately replaced by Orok Otuk Duke.

“Furthermore, the immediate past Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, is reappointed to a second term and will remain in acting capacity, pending the Senate’s confirmation of his reappointment”, the statement added.

Following complaints from both states regarding the President’s picks, the nominees have been replaced.

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In particular, protesters upset that a PDP leader was chosen to represent their Cross River State complained to the governor of the state, Prince Bassey Otu, who assured them that President Tinubu would step in to make things right.

“We are the only APC state in the South-South and if there is anybody to superintend the list, not just in Cross River State but in the South-South geopolitical zone, I believe that I have the mandate.

“We are not fighting anybody, but we want our right, and I am here to assure you that Mr. President is going to look into the issue.

“We will not break the laws, but we want the right thing to be done. Mr President is an astute politician, accomplished technocrat, he is going to address this matter, he hates injustice, the people that worked and toiled will get their rightful positions and take the position of our rep in the NDDC,” the Governor had assured the protesters.

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