By Ikora Ayungbe, Uyo
There was wild jubilation in the camp of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP secretariat along Edet Akpan Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday as the party defeated the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in court over the last year’s crisis in the state House of Assembly.
The defeat came on Monday through a judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, delivered by Justice Fatun Riman, which brought to an end of a protracted legal battle involving the five sacked lawmakers who defected to APC, November last year.
It could be recalled that the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly last year declared vacant the seats of lawmakers representing Essien Udim, Mkpat Enin, Itu, Ikono and Etim Ekpo/Ika following the lawmaker’s defected to the All Progressives Congress.
The party applauded the court for causing justice to be done against men said to have been out to plunge the state into anarchy. The party which spoke through its publicity secretary, Comrade Ini Ememobong also commended the Speaker, Barr Onofiok Luke for maintaining a calm and peaceful disposition during the crisis.
Ememobong said that the former lawmaker’s seats were declared vacant by reason of their defection from the PDP without lawful justification. “All five cases instituted by these sacked lawmakers were premised on several falsehood ranging from the claim that the coalition entered into by the PDP with other parties was a merger, to the fact that the sacked lawmakers, like their master, were summarily expelled from the party”.
The party recalled with regret the drama and shame brought upon the state when the sacked lawmakers allegedly invaded the state House of Assembly and claimed to have impeached the legitimate Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Onofiok Luke and declared one Nse Ntuen as replacement.
“It can be recalled that these same lawmakers, with the active backing of their party leaders created a house of comedy, wherein they claimed to have impeached the legitimate Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke and declared one Nse Ntuen as the speaker. This illegality which was premised on distasteful lies was vehemently supported by the State Chairman of the APC, who validated the said impeachment and recognised the Speaker of the “House of Comedy”as the new Speaker of the House of Assembly. Today, like it is with all falsehood, a Daniel has come to judgement and the truth has been revealed.”