The crisis rocking the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly has taken a bizarre and dangerous turn.“A Strange Bird(Owl called Nkirikid) found inside the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Chamber. They are now going diabolical, # OnlyGod will continue to protect his own,” according to an eye witness who shared the new twist of events on line.
Emmanuelyawe.com gathered that there was a little drama at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly late last week as members allegedly arrived the chamber only to meet an Owl inside the house.
This newspaper gathered that the origin of the crisis in the House is to be found in the spate of defections from one political party to another that have become commonplace as the 2019 general election approaches.
According to Hon Eseme Eyibo a former member of the National Assembly from the state, the crisis in the House is a result of ‘delinquent legislative display’ by the House Speaker, Onofiok Luke.
“The origin of this crisis is very clear. Last year the one and only APC legislator defected to the PDP when there was no crisis in the APC at the National level as stipulated by section 109 of the constitution.
“He was celebrated and his seat was not declared vacant; he is still a member of of the House of Assembly. I wonder why what is good for the goose is not good for the gender.
According to Eyibo, when five members of the PDP defected to the APC recently, the Speaker promptly declared their seats vacant. He argued that the Speaker acted ultra vires.
“The Speaker should have been able to separate activism from lawmaking and by allowing himself to be influenced by Governor Udom Emmanuel in the matter, meant that there is actually no guarantee of independence of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly”, he argued.
The five members led by Hon Nse Ntuen later assembled at the House of Assembly and held a session where they impeached the Speaker Onofiok Luke. In the course of the session, the House was attacked by suspected thugs and Nse Ntuen who was elected a new Speaker beaten and hospitalized.
The House was subsequently secured by the police who laid a siege there to protect life and property.
The crisis prompted the Senate to direct its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the alleged invasion of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly by suspected thugs.
The committee led by a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress from Zamfara North, Tijjani Kaura, was given 48 hours to present its findings to the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.
In giving the committee the mandate, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said the National Assembly should be interested wherever democracy was under threat.
“We were all here when this chamber was invaded. We cannot tolerate the invasion of the hallowed chamber of any legislative house. It is completely unacceptable.
“The Police Affairs Committee should find out what happened and report back to the Senate within 48 hours,” he directed.
The resolution followed the presentation made to the Senate by Bassey Akpan from Akwa Ibom North East on the alleged invasion.
According to Akpan, some suspected thugs had invaded the state House of Assembly and disrupted activities at the complex.