The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly faced a fresh rumpus Tuesday morning, split down the middle, between APC and PDP legislators and two men both laying claim to the speaker’s seat.
A faction led by Nse Ntuen, a member of the APC, who was purportedly elected Speaker last week held a session and
suspended 11 PDP members, with former speaker Onofiok Luke top of the list.
There are 26 members of the assembly.
Luke also convened last week Monday and suspended Ntuen, along with four other members.
Other members suspended till further notice by Ntuen’s APC faction are Udo Kerian Akpan, Felicia Bassey, Nse Essien, Lawrence Udofia, Usoro Akpanusoh, Ime Okon, Friday Iwok, Asuquo Archibong, Mark Esset, Emmanuel Ekpenyong, Aniekan Uko.
Ntuen also dissolved all standing committees constituted illegally by the former speaker and adjourned till next week Tuesday 4 December.
The PDP on its Twitter handle accused former governor Godswill Akpabio of masterminding the crisis, which caused the transfer of former police commissioner, Bassey Abang, a charge repeated by Governor Udom Emmanuel, who came to the assembly allegedly to disrupt proceedings of the Ntuen faction.
Governor Emmanuel is now accusing the new police commissioner, Musa Kimo, of partisanship.
Kimo reported for work last week and had replaced another commissioner, accused of the same offence.
The PDP claimed that Ntuen, aided by thugs and the police, stormed the house Tuesday enable the Ntuen faction to sit.
But the Ntuen group is also accusing the PDP member, Luke of carrying out illegalities, by suspending him and four other members.
On Monday, the new police commissioner Kimo, condemned the crisis rocking the House of Assembly, during a meeting with 20 political parties in the state.
Kimo described the crisis as ‘ugly and worrisome’.
At a press conference, Governor Emmanuel claimed Akwa Ibom State is under siege and has called for the redeployment of the Commissioner of Police.
Emmanuel claimed Musa Kimo is threatening the peace of the state by aiding the five sacked lawmakers to take over the State House of Assembly.
He said democracy in the state is being threatened, and called on the CP to be removed from the state immediately.
He said the government had received intelligence report of the plan of the sacked lawmakers to take over the house of assembly and the plans were executed supervised by the police.
Gov Udom further stated that the same police that he used state resources to equip is today fighting the state, adding that several petitions to President Buhari and the IGP about the activities of the Police and the sacked lawmakers have been ignored.
He said the security problems initiated by the sacked lawmakers was designed to prevent elections from holding in the state.
He warned that if elections were not held in the state as scheduled, then elections would not hold on a later date.
It remains to be seen what the PDP Speaker Luke’s next move will be before Tuesday 4 December.