The Member representing Nsit Atai State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. (Elder) Mark Udo Esset has once again dissociated himself from the controversial Real Property Charge Bill, saying his name was smuggled in as co-sponsor without his consent.
Esset who stated this via a statement he personally signed, said he is challenging the lead sponsor of the bill, Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh to make public, documents that can verify if truly he (Esset) gave his consent for the co-sponsorship of the bill which has attracted public outcry.
“As a representative of my people, I owe them the responsibility of making laws that are people oriented and have positive impact in the lives of my constituents. It will amount to a disservice to my people, if I choose to be a part and parcel of any Bill that is perceived to be anti people.
“Despite the fact that I had granted interview with some journalists and media professionals in respect to the subject matter above, I wish to further make my stance known to the public that I say no to the real property charge bill.
“I, Rt. Hon. (Elder) Mark Udo Esset, the Honorable Member representing Nsit Atai State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, wish to state here that my name was smuggled in as a Co – Sponsor of the said Bill without my express consent.
“To prove beyond reasonable doubt, I challenge my colleague, Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh, who is the Lead Sponsor of the contagious Bill to make public, any document(s) that can verify if truly I appended my consent to be a Co – sponsor of the Real Property Charge Bill”, Esset said.
He also commented on the statements from Akpanusoh and Samuel Ufuo who labeled opponents of the bill as “anti-leadership” and “frustrated” respectively.
“On the alleged Anti Leadership Saga, I want to place it on record that, if disassociating myself from this obnoxious Bill has attracted the views of some persons to label me as an Anti Leadership of the Sixth Assembly; I gladly affirm my stance – I say no to the ‘real property charge bill.’