We had earlier alerted in the early hours of today that the APC was planning to prevent the sitting of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, using thugs. Confirming our intelligence, before 7 am buses bearing insignia of the opposition APC led by known chieftains of their political coven appeared at the gate of the Assembly and set up bonfire, preventing human and vehicular traffic and seeking to prevent the lawful business of the state legislature.
Thankfully, the police intervened and the Speaker led members into the Chambers and resumed legislative duties. At the sitting, the Speaker evoked the provision of section 109(2) which empowers him to declare the seats of those who had infringed upon section 109(1)(g) and accordingly declared their seats vacant.
As a law abiding Party, we commend the Speaker for respecting the constitution without fear or favour. In our state, this scenario is not nouveau, as the seats of the assemblymen who defected to APC in 2014, had been declared vacant. The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has always been a very law abiding institution and therefore under the current Speakership of Comrade Onofiok Luke, it can not afford to dwell in illegality. We advise the opposition in the state to come to the realization that our state and nation operate under the rule of law and abhors the rule of might. We can assure them that as this evil plot failed, today, so shall their planned ‘federal might’ backed Warsaw invasion fail.
We return all the glory to God Almighty who answered the prayers of the state led by the Governor and has granted Akwa Ibom people a peaceful heart despite the very unwarranted and unprovoked assault by the opposition. God frustrated the devices of the APC and prevented their hands from performing their enterprise.
In conclusion, may we commend to the opposition the scriptural poser contained in lamentations 3:37 “Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?”. Akwa Ibom people must remain vigilant and resolute in the Defence of our collective patrimony, especially now that we are faced with people with insatiable greed for wealth and unquantifiable thirst for blood.
We have overcome and will continue to conquer by the blood of the Lamb and by the words of our testimony.
Comrade Ini Ememobong
State Publicity Secretary
People’s Democratic Party
Akwa Ibom state