Elder Godsday Orubebe, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs said yesterday that he was taking back his tarnished intergrity.
Orubebe made this statement while reacting to a ruling at an Abuja High Court, which struck out a six-count charge levelled against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, over his alleged involvement in a N1.97 billion contract fraud.
While addressing the Press in a telephone conversation, Orubebe said that he made a covenant with his God never to steal from the government nor deprive Niger Deltans of what is due to them.
“I made a vow in 2007 not to disappoint God when I took oath of office to serve my motherland as a minister. Though men were out to ruin me, my Jehovah has vindicated me. In fact, I have seen the goodness of the Lord today,” he said.
Orubebe asserted that he was an innocent victim who was being victimized for his personal relationship with former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He went on to say that, “Aside the fact that I hold my integrity and faith in God in high esteem, I went into government to serve Nigerians, not my pocket nor bank accounts. Right from the day I was taken to court, I maintained that I was innocent and God has proved that today.
“Truth may live a difficult life, but it will always prevail. I am now vindicated, my tarnished image has been restored and I can again be celebrated by my admirers. I hold no grudge, against any man.”