Former Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee of Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), Joy Nunieh, has claimed that she is the first and only woman to have slapped Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
She disclosed this during an interview with Arise TV and said the incident happened at his guest house in Abuja when he sexually assaulted her.
She said: “I am the only Ogoni woman, the only Nigerian woman that has slapped him. I slapped him because of his plan B,” she said, detailing the incident when Akpabio allegedly wanted to take advantage of her.
“Why did he not tell Nigerians that I slapped him in his guest house at Apo?
“He didn’t know that I’m a Port Harcourt girl. Port Harcourt girls are not moved by money…by somebody telling me that he will make me the substantive MD. Akpabio’s meetings with me were either at Apo or Meridien…Yes, I am accusing him of sexual harassment.”
There have been accusations and counter-accusations between the minister and the ex-NDDC boss.
Her recent comment comes days after she accused the minister of fraud. She also said during her brief tenure at the commission, Mr Akpabio repeatedly pressured her to take “an oath of secrecy” that was meant to keep her from exposing fraud at the commission.
Mrs Nunieh did not provide any evidence to support her claims against the minister, but added that she would have been jailed if she had succumbed to Mr Akpabio’s ‘oath of secrecy.’
Recall that Akpabio had yesterday reacted to the allegations made against him by Nunieh, saying the former NDDC MD has character problem.
This was after Nunieh recently made some damning revelations about the Minister and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State on his handling of the Ministry.
Addressing the press after she appeared before Senate adhoc Committee investigating NDDC, Mrs Nunieh recounted her ordeal at the hands of the Minister before she was removed as the NDDC MD.
Among other claims, Mrs. Nunieh said, “Nobody makes any payment in NDDC without Godswill Akpabio’s approval. When we first came, on the day of the inauguration, he said to me in the car, ‘Madam MD, if you don’t do what I say, the same pen with which I used to sign your paper is the same pen I’ll use to remove you.
“He said the first thing I should do when I get to Port Harcourt is to change the dollars in the NDDC account. I was scared to do that and he claimed that I have a poverty mentality that I’m afraid of money. All of you knew that he accused me of refusing to spend money. It is strange today, it’s about money.
“After that, he came to Port Harcourt two days after the inauguration and told me that the first thing I should do was to change the dollars.”
Akpabio, in turn, said Mrs Nunieh has temperament issues. This is even as he suggested she sees a doctor.
The minister said Mrs Nunieh was not relieved of her appointment because of corruption but because of insubordination.
“…No matter the allegation, I wish that she will go to the hospital, see a doctor, take some injections and relax. I’m not saying there is something wrong with her, I’m saying there is something wrong with her temperament.
“You don’t need to ask me, you can ask about four other husbands that she married…”