The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Nsima Ekere has cautioned the five former members of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly who were sacked by the House to avoid being used to derail our nascent democracy by those he described as irresponsible politicians.
He dropped the advice following the recent crises in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, orchestrated by the sacked lawmakers including, Nse Ntuen, Idongesit Ituen, , Victor Udofia, Gabriel Toby and Otobong Ndem.
Mr. Ekere spoke at Ikpa in Esit Eket local government area over the weekend while receiving his party’s former governorship aspirant and former Managing Director of NDDC Barr. Bassey Dan Abia into his political support group..
The APC governorship candidate said a situation where lawmakers do not respect the law is quite unfortunate and a danger to our democracy.
Said he, “It is a shame that people, who profess democracy are showing by their actions that they have no respect for the rule of law, that they have no respect for the separation of power.”
According to Obong Ekere, there’s need for the sacked lawmakers to apply restraint because this is the hallmark of maturity adding that they cannot afford to truncate our hard fought democracy on flimsy excuses and irrelevant accusations that would not build an egalitarian society
He appealed to them, “to sheath their sword and to respect the rule of Law, without laws a society will be in chaos and without order a society is doomed. We must respect the rule of law, we must respect the court, and we must respect separation of power and our promising democracy.”
It would be recalled that following the declaration of vacancy on the seats of the five defectors, they have resort to the use of thugs, allegedly aided by the police in the state, to cause needless chaos in the chambers, including a failed attempt to produce a factional speaker for the Assembly.
Elders of Essien Udim last Friday also cautioned their son, Nse Ntuen from further embarrassing the local government area by his conducts at the House of Assembly.
Led by the political leader of the area, Pa Michael Afangideh, the elders passed a vote of confidence on Governor Udom Emmanuel and Speaker Onofiok Luke, while dismissing Ntuen and his four sacked colleagues as trouble makers.