This is certainly not the best of times for members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly as some members of the House are bent on impeaching the Speaker, Barr. Onofiok Luke, The Sensor authoritatively reveals.
It would be recalled that five out of the 26 members had in a forthnight ago, moved against the speaker in a plot to impeach him. Since the uncovering of the plot the House is said to be unsettled as there is a divide between the loyalists and dissidents.
It was gathered that the members who are bent on removing the Speaker who is said to have enjoyed the support of the greater majority of members of the House are, the immediate past speaker and member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Elder Aniekan Uko; the member representing Uruan State Constituency, Mr. Aniekan Bassey; member representing Uyo State Constituency, Mr. Monday Eyo; member representing Nsit Atai State Constituency, Elder Mark Esset, and member representing Onna State Constituency, Mr. Nse Essien. Incidentally, Nse Essien is from Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Constituency.
It was also gathered that the five lawmakers have expressed dissatisfaction in the leadership style of the speaker, thus, the plot to remove him.
But dismissing the impeachment plot, the leadership of the House through the House Committee Chairman on Information and member representing Ibiono Ibom State Constituency, Barr. Ime Okon, the House said there is no such plan.
Speaking on Wednesday at the State assembly Complex while playing host to The Sensor Chapel, Barr. Okon said that the House is not aware of the plot.
He said, “I’m not aware of any impeachment plan against the honourable speaker. But how can such happen when he already enjoys the support and confidence of the House members? He has shown sufficient capacity in the discharge of his duties. All we need to do is to help him succeed. If this happens, the sixth Assembly succeeds and by extension, Akwa Ibom State succeeds too”
Throwing more light on the functions of the house, he said, “The major duty of the legislature, apart from lawmaking and oversight functions is effective representation of one’s constitutions…”
According to him, the work of legislation makes more meaning when the interests of constituents are guaranteed through the provision of people-oriented projects as well as other empowerment schemes.
Speaking further, Barr. Okon explained that “there is nothing like constituency fund. In fact, nothing is budgeted for House of Assembly members as constituency money. Most often than not, constituency projects are not done solely by members of the legislature; it is usually through the collaborative relationship between the executive and the legislature.
“As a representative, I embark on projects that I know will have direct impaction on my people, not just frivolities. I really see the position that I am as an opportunity to serve the people with conscience. This is what drives my sense of commitment. No matter how much people say about my achievements, I still feel that I have a lot to do for my people”.
The two-term lawmaker, who used the medium to commend The Sensor Newspaper for its objective reportage, disclosed that he is more endeared to the paper because of its depth in content and balanced presentation of facts. He also extolled the medium for being at the fore front of media practice for 15 years.