Ex-Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Elder Godsday Orubebe is slated for arraignment by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on November 9 to answer to allegations of false asset declaration and illegal collection of N70million.
Orubebe is facing a four-count charge filed against him on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, by Peter Danladi of the CCB in what many see as another go at the jugular of a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain.
Orubebe, who had openly challenged ex-INEC boss, Prof Attahiru Jega, to be fair to all the political parties during the collation of the presidential election results, insisting that PDP’s petition against the APC in Kano, Kaduna, Kebbi and Bauchi be looked into, had been severally targeted for persecution by the APC-led federal government.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday learnt the former minister, like Sen. Godswill Akpabio, was being arraigned on the strength of a petition written against him by an individual, even as heaps of similar petitions against key members of the APC are unattended to.
According to an agency report, the first count charge against the former minister reads: “That you, Godsday Peter Orubebe, while being a Minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria in charge of Niger Delta Affairs, on or about June 29th, 2011 did make a false declaration in your asset declaration form by failing to declare plot 2722 Kyamu District Abuja on assumption of office on 26th September 2007 and on leaving office (at the end of your tenure), on June 29, 2011, that you thereby committed an offence under section 15 of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap C15 and as incorporated under paragraph 11(1) & (2) of Part 1, Fifth Schedule to the Constitution and punishable under section 23(2) of the CCB & T Act.
Count two: “That you Godsday Peter Orubebe, while being a Minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria in charge of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, on or about June 29, 2011 did make a false declaration in your asset declaration form by failing to declare plot 2059 Asokoro district, Abuja on assumption of office on September 26, 2007 and on June 29, 2011 and you thereby committed an offence under section 15 of the CCB & T Act, and punishable under section 23 (2) of the CCB & T Act.
Count three: “That you Godsday Peter Orubebe while being a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in charge of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs on or about September 19, 2012 asked for and accepted the sum of fifty million naira from one Pastor (Dr) Jonathan Alota, as bribe for the contract awarded in favour of his company, Chemtronics Nigeria Limited and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10 of the CCB & T Act, and punishable under Section 23 (2) of CCB & T Act.
Count four: “That you Godsday Orubebe, while being a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in charge of Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, on or about 2013 asked for and accepted the sum of twenty million naira from one Pastor (Dr.) Jonathan Alota as additional bribe for the contract awarded in favour of his company Chemtronics Nigeria Limited for the construction of skill acquisition Centre at Edo State for the sum of one billion, seven hundred and ninety nine million, nine hundred and fourteen thousand two hundred and fifty naira eighty eight kobo only (1,799,914,251.88K) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 of CCB & T Act.”
Head of Press and Public Relations of CCT, Ibraheem Al-hassan, who has confirmed that a charge was pending against Orubebe before the tribunal, said summons were served on the ex-minister on October 29, adding that the tribunal has scheduled Orubebe’s arraignment for November 9.


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