Gunfire, as Akwa Ibom Assembly crisis escalates

Published on : Nov 28, 2018 04:31:33 | Posted by : Anayo Moses


The  struggle for political supremacy in Akwa Ibom State generated pandemonium yesterday, after five members of the House of Assembly earlier expelled, reconvened to purportedly initiate impeachment proceedings against Governor Udom Emmanuel.

The five members, all belonging to the All Progressives Congress, APC, however, had their gathering disrupted by the arrival of the governor

The governor’s arrival restored control of the House to the Speaker, Onofiok Luke-led 21-member group who in turn raised a motion demanding the removal of the just arrived commissioner of police, Musa Kimo, who was accused of giving cover to the group of five former lawmakers.

 Speaking after his intervention, Governor Emmanuel accused the police of working in cahoots with his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to foist anarchy on the state.

 He demanded the immediate removal of the commissioner of police, Kimo who has spent less than a week in the state. 

The governor was, however, countered by a chieftain of the APC who, yesterday, accused him of violating the principle of separation of powers through his intervention. 

The crisis in the House was sparked after the Speaker, Luke, on November 19 declared the seat of five members who defected from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the APC vacant. 

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The action followed the judgment of a Federal High Court, Uyo Division, on November 14 that rejected the plea by Nse Ntuen to stop the speaker from declaring his seat vacant upon his defection from the PDP to the APC.

Speaker Luke, following the court judgment, declared Ntuen’s seat vacant alongside the seats of four other members who defected to the APC. Yesterday, the five expelled members, led by Ntuen, who the four others had earlier elected speaker at a parallel sitting on November 19, stormed the legislative complex to sit in plenary.

 Their arrival as early as 8.30 a.m. with a new mace was in the company of heavily armed policemen and thugs who had taken control of the premises as early as 4.30 a.m. 

The staff of the Assembly who reported for work as well as some visitors that arrived the premises to attend yesterday’s sitting were chased out of the premises as soon as the group of five arrived.