* Says party won’t succumb to intimidation, violence ahead of 2019
* Commends Speaker for demonstrating competence in leading legislature
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has raised the alarm over alleged plot by the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to assassinate some high-ranking PDP and Akwa Ibom State government officials.
Chairman of the party, Obong Paul Ekpo, during a press briefing, yesterday, following the failed invasion of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly by hoodlums suspected to be loyal to a sacked lawmaker, said despite being adjudged as the safest state in Nigeria, Akwa Ibom has had a very high turnover of Police Commissioners, the development he said was “a clear indication of the manipulation of the APC as a prelude to activating intelligence report reaching us on the planned assassination attempts of some high-ranking PDP and Akwa Ibom State government officials”.
Ekpo, in his statement entitled “We Will never succumb to these heinous threats, intimidations and attempts to unleash violence in our state, said the way APC “failed to achieve whatever aim they hoped to achieve with the constant and continuous change of heads of security agencies in the state”, would be the same way the party will fail in “their ultimate plan of derailing the machinery of governance in our state and maybe sacrifice the lives of Akwa Ibom people in the bid to achieve their heinous objectives”.
Propellerng.com recalls that there was a failed attempt by suspected hoodlums to disrupt the sitting of members of the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly on Monday, 19th November, 2018. It would also be recalled that the PDP, through it National Publicity Secretary, kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday, accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC of causing mayhem in Akwa Ibom State in order to take control of the state by force.
“Just as the intelligence at our disposal had clearly shown, as early as 7am, 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.
“On the intervention of the police, the Speaker of the House 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.
“This decision by the Speaker to declare the seats which has a precedent in 2014, became the avenue for the All Progressive Congress to commence their long planned desire of unleashing violence and hooliganism on a legal institution of the state as a prelude to making the state ungovernable preparatory to the 2019 elections.
“We wish to state that as at the time the APC agents and thugs invaded the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, There was no stay of execution issued by any court of law against the speaker in respect of Idongesit Ituen’s case.
“After the judgment of the court was delivered, the enrolled order (summary of the judgment) was served on the office of the Honorable Speaker and the Clerk of the House. The language of this order of the court was that compliance should be given with IMMEDIATE EFFECT”, Ekpo said.
The PDP Chairman said his party and the Akwa Ibom people would not intimidated by the “machinations of the APC-led Federal Government” which, according to him is “intended to help them achieve their selfish aim of illegally and forcefully capturing Akwa Ibom State as we are sure that this will fail”.
He said that the PDP has also uncovered a fresh plot by the APC to use the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to clamp down on Akwa Ibom State Government accounts, in order to paralyze activities of the state government.
Ekpo said, “the PDP and indeed Akwa Ibom people are not ignorant of the fact that all these preliminary machinations by the APC are just mere schemes to drag Governor Udom Emmanuel on a collision course with President Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR, so as to attract sympathy for the deployment of Federal might immediately before and during the elections.
“We are confident that the international community, Nigerians and Akwa Ibom people are taking note of the players in this show of shame and their respective roles in the effort to push the State into an abyss of violence, anarchy and destruction”.
The party chairman commend both Governor Udom Emmanuel on the peaceful running of the state, and Uyo Senator, Bassey Albert, for drawing the attention of the National Assembly to happenings in the state.
He also commended the Speaker of the state house of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, “for demonstrating maturity and competence in steering the affairs of the House”, even as he condemned the act of the five “dissident” lawmakers who were said to have broken into the chambers of legislature shortly after plenary had been adjourned.
While imploring the police and other security agencies to remain non-partisan in the discharge of the duties, the party chairman called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, and the state commissioner of police to “cause the troops laying siege at the premises of the Akwa Ibom State of House of Assembly to vacate with immediate effect and cease forthwith, further intimidation of officials of Akwa Ibom government and principal officers of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly”.
Ekpo added that, “as a party that has kept its promises to Akwa Ibom people, we are confident that we will head to the polls in 2019 and we will, together with Akwa Ibom people record resounding victories in all categories of elections”