Stakeholders urge Buhari and Umana to fire Akwa over alleged tenure extension plan

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Aug. 21 (THEWILL) – Elders, youth groups and stakeholders in the Niger Delta region have urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Honorable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Umana O. Umana, to suspend or immediately dismiss the Acting Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Effiong Akwa, over allegations of using a third party to bring frivolous lawsuits against the Federal Government, in order to remain in office until May 2023.

Mr. Effiong Akwa, whose interim term had long since expired as he managed the NDDC coffers without any recent presidential term extension, and his status as an interim administrator is unknown to the NDDC Establishment Act, on Friday August 19, 2022, accused of dragging the Federal Government before a Federal High Court in Abuja, using a third party to restrain the Federal Government.

Niger Delta Stakeholders, through its Secretary General, Chief Anthony Loveday, in an emailed statement, accused Mr. Effiong Akwa of using a third party to file lawsuits and injunctions before the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division, to restrain the Federal Government. government; a scheme to keep him in office until 2023.

The complaint was filed against the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Honorable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Honorable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

In his statement, Chief Loveday said: “Mr. Akwa, through its allies, has filed a complaint and they plan to serve all defendants, including the presidency, on Monday August 22, 2022 or Tuesday August 23 at the latest.

“They intend to use court injunctions to tie the hands of the President and the Niger Delta Minister to prevent them from resolving to manage Akwa as interim administrator until May 2023.

“They have high-level allies in the Department of Justice who will direct department lawyers to block and sabotage cases by employing delay tactics and adjournments until May 2023. However, during this period of judicial intervention , no NDDC substantive counsel can be named. and inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari, until the courts are done with their business as the status quo must be maintained.

“It is devastating for the people who are suffering in the Niger Delta region. These politicians only think about their own interests and how to stay in power by any means necessary, they don’t think about the people. In fact, Mr. Akwa and his allies at the Justice Department could bring more lawsuits in other federal high courts to completely tie the minister’s hands to allow him to remain in office until May 2023.”

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