The probe by the House of Representatives took a new turn when Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila ordered that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio to publish names of its members who got the alleged sixty percent of contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) within 48 hours.
The ruling received a massive standing ovation from the Lawmakers who felt they have been seriously disparaged by the allegations of Akpabio who was a former Leader of the Senate and Governor.
Ruling on a matter of privileges brought by Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the Minister, who alleged 60 percent of contracts from the NDDC were given to members of the National Assembly, should publish the benefiting lawmakers, especially members of the 9th Assembly.
He further said the names of their companies and the contracts they got should be published or he will face the wrath of the House.
Although he said his initial reaction was to have a good laugh when the Minister made the allegations, he realized it infringes on the integrity of the House.
He said the Minister owes it a duty to himself, the House Committee on Niger Delta, the people of Niger Delta and Nigerians to publish the names of lawmakers who got contracts from the NDDC.
Senator Akpabio had said sixty percent of the NDDC contracts were given to Lawmakers which attracted a near vehement objection from the Committee members quizzing him.