It’s no news that the seat of Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is vacant but information filtering has it that crisis is brewing in the camp of All Progressives Congress (APC) as three major players in the party are set to slug it out to install there candidate as the new MD.
A Presidency source claimed that the power play over the position centres mainly around APC national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the immediate past Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi.
The power play is coming in the heels of feelers that President Buhari might be contemplating a reconstitution of the board of the interventionist agency which was dissolved about five months ago.
While Tinubu is said to be making “a strong case” that the NDDC slot, for the first time, should come from the South-West and Ondo State precisely, Oshiomhole is rooting for a candidate from Edo State who is a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Samson Osagie.
Amaechi, who was said to have largely influenced the membership of the immediate past NDDC board, is said to be pushing for the confirmation of the current acting Managing Director, Professor Nelson Brambaifa, whose appointment in acting capacity he was said to have influenced.
The dissolved board, which had former Senate leader, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba and Mr Nsima Ekere as chairman and MD respectively, was replaced by an interim management with a one-time Bayelsa State representative on the board, Professor Nelson Brambaifa, as acting MD.
An engineer, Samuel Adjogbe, as well as Chidi Oyinrindah are also on board as Executive Director, Projects and Executive Director of Finance respectively, with Adjogbe said to be part of the dissolved Ekere-led management.
Except Chief Otega Emerhor, who was said to have nominated Adjogbe, all but the Ondo State representative on the dissolved NDDC board were said to have been nominated by Amaechi, a development, it was learnt, caused frosty relationship with a former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, until lately.
It was unclear if the recent invitation of the acting NDDC MD, Brambaifa by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was connected with the ongoing power game in respect of the position.
Also invited for questioning by the EFCC over alleged financial impropriety was the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the NDDC, Chris Oyirindah.
It was learnt that the NDDC managing director and the commission’s EFDA were involved in the alleged withdrawal of N2.8bn between two weeks ago and last week.