Delta: Delta House Speaker, Igbuya Fights Dirty Over Akpeki's Interview
SAN FRANCISCO, September 21, (THEWILL) – Embattled Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Ovwigho Igbuya, may have thrown decorum to the winds as he now fights dirty over a recent interview by former Commissioner for Housing in the state, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, in which he was accused as being behind the abandonment of the Sapele ultra modern market by successive governments in the state.
The Speaker who used foul languages while reacting to the allegations by Akpeki said it is unfortunate that Akpeki whom he described as a “former PDP chieftain, political prostitute, foreigner and a highly irresponsible person” was the one making the claims even when he could not point to one bore-hole that he influenced to be sited in Sapele, a local government where he is claiming to be the leader.
Igbuya, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Henry Ebireri, in a statement made available to THEWILL said that Akpeki, whom he claimed to have helped secure a job at the Railway Board has nothing to offer the people. He alleged that the very best Akpeki could do was to appoint “married and unmarried women” from across the Niger as personal assistants and special assistants.
The embattled speaker stated: “I have developed Sapele much more than Akpeki. Let him show the world what he has done. He has nothing to offer the people. The very best he could do was to appoint married and unmarried women with big ass from across the Niger as personal assistants and special assistants. He should tell the world who were his personal and special assistants while in government.”
While accusing Akpeki of feeding the public with cooked-up and calculated lies, Igbuya said; “At the inception of the current democratic dispensation, Akpeki was a member of the All Peoples Party (APP). I was the driving force behind him being a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). I also recommended him for Board appointment at the federal level. Nothing was achieved in that appointment. In 2003, Akpeki became chairman of Waste Management Board. He is the worst person imaginable in the entire human population. He is the worst chairman in the history of the board. Refuse were not collected from Sapele. He was sacked and replaced by Hon. Austin Ogbaburhon Okpoviekpurai.
“Akpeki was rejected by his community but former governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, gave him succour by appointing him as commissioner of housing in 2007. As commissioner, he supervised the sale of government properties within and outside the state and collected his share. He also went after lands of political associates, saying Uduaghan is the owner of the land.”
He however dismissed the view of Akpeki on the Sapele Market project, saying; “We have a plaque showing the Sapele Stadium was commissioned by Uduaghan. Chief Akpeki is castigating his master for commissioning uncompleted project. The stadium and market were not awarded by his administration. They were also not completed by his administration. I was council chairman when Chief James Ibori awarded the market project. It was inherited by Dr. Uduaghan who was unable to complete it. Akpeki cannot point to anything he did in Sapele, not even a ring well.”
Igbuya, while describing the immediate past Chief of Staff to the Delta State governor as a “fool” said: “I am not a fool like the former commissioner who used his company to secure the Elume Ugboren road contract. Fifty percent was released to him. He squandered the money and nothing was done. I accept whole heartedly that Moovig is my company where I have interest before entering government.
“However, it is not the contractor of Sapele Stadium or Market. I am not the owner of Stabilini Visinoni or Primi Construction Company. I am not a director in any of these companies.”