Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs has denied sexually harassing Joy Nunieh, the previous acting director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In a statement released by his media aide Anietie Ekong on Wednesday July 15, Akpabio denied making sexual advances at the previous NDDC Acting MD. the previous Governor who wondered why Nunieh didn’t speak out until the amount the senate is probing the NDDC, insisted that he’s contented together with his wife.
Akpabio further disclosed that he has directed his lawyers to hunt necessary “redress during a court of competent jurisdiction on his behalf over the defamatory statements made by Ms. Nunieh.”
The statement read;
“The honourable minister didn’t at any time, place or circumstance make any sort of sexual advances to Ms. Nunieh, not even to place himself during a position or posture implicational sexual advances towards Ms. Nunieh, or any female staff of his ministry or the NDDC.
“For the records, the Honourable Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON is happily married and content together with his wife.
“Together they’re blessed children, four of whom are young women. The honourable minister is a fanatical believer of social action which was visible within the appointments he made as a two term executive governor of Akwa Ibom state between 2007 and 2015.
“Under his watch, he appointed several women into various high level positions as Chairpersons of government Councils, Magistrates, Judges, Heads of Parastatals, Directors, Permanent Secretaries, and Commissioners.
“He is that the first governor in Akwa Ibom state to possess a female deputy governor, was also the primary to appoint female chief justices of the supreme court , recommended women for ministerial appointments one among whom was the Minister of Housing and concrete Development, and supported for appointment the primary female vice-chancellor of the sole Federal University within the state etc.
“If indeed the allegation was true. Waiting till July 10th and 13th 2020 when the National Assembly appears to be probing a number of her actions because the Acting director of the Interim Management Committee (“IMC”) exposes her motive, especially at a time when the momentum for the Forensic Audit.
“Investigation of the NDDC is heating up and therefore the truth is close to be unveiled for all to see? The critical question is who is scared of the Forensic Audit at the NDDC? Who is scared of the Truth?
“There is not any doubt that Ms. Nunieh’s attacks are both personal and sponsored.”