There is confusion at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly after an attempt by five lawmakers to take over the house and impeach the speaker sparked intense commotion, according to media sources.
This incidence is said to be the latest development in a mortal struggle for the soul of Akwa Ibom State between the governor, Udom Emmanuel of PDP, and his erstwhile godfather, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who recently defected to the APC, splitting the political fabric of the state right in the middle.
There has been a series of dramatic events at the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly in the past two weeks, which sources say, are connected to the move by the Speaker, Onofiok Luke to sack another Assemblyman, Idongesit Ituen after he defected to the APC.
According to reports, 5 sacked former lawmakers stormed the House of Assembly this morning with heavily armed policemen and thugs.
They took the mace and set out to impeach the speaker, suspend 21 members of the assembly and commence proceedings to impeach the Governor of the state.
Sources at Uyo told Today’s Echo Governor Emmanuel Udom literarily stormed the House of Assembly complex to disrupt the sitting by the five members, who belong to the All Progressives Congress.
Several members of the opposition have condemned the attempt by 5 lawmakers to take over the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly to the detriment of 21 of their colleagues.
See some of the comments on Twitter below:
1. BREAKING: Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly under siege again.
The former members of the State House of Assembly are back to the Assembly complex this morning. with heavily armed @PoliceNg & thugs.
We call on all Nigerians to rise in condemnation of this heinous crime pic.twitter.com/wyGnUFEnIP
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) November 27, 2018
BREAKING: Presidency to spend N5billion to impeach Akwa Ibom State Speaker. IG of Police to be instructed to escort 5 APC members to the STHA in order to forcefully achieve this tomorrow. Goal is also to impeach Gov.
5 is now greater than 20.
We say no to impunity.
— Adeyanju Deji 🇳🇬 (@adeyanjudeji) November 26, 2018
Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State Assembly @LukeOnofiok & the members of the HOA have gained entrance into the building & held their seating for the day.
Buhari has yet again wasted FIVE BILLION NAIRA that could have served our nation & Army well, on futile political bullying. pic.twitter.com/kQN3klRA7t
— Ndi Kato (@YarKafanchan) November 27, 2018
On this handle, I announced that Yemi Osinbajo, Rotimi Amaechi and Godswill Akpabio had plans to forcefully impeach The Speaker of Akwa-Ibom State House of Assembly and then impeach the Governor.
Is it happening today or not??
PDP should continue sleeping.
— ATIKU 2019 (@PDP_2019) November 27, 2018