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APC Backs Akwa Ibom ‘Speaker’ Of Four



The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC has thrown its support for the factional speaker of the state House of Assembly, Nse Ntuen who was elected by four of the members of the House that were expelled by the mainstream of the House on Monday.
The state chairman of the party, Iniobong Okopido at a press conference in Uyo on Thursday said Ntuen was the legitimate speaker even as he cautioned the mainstream speaker, Onofiok Luke against aggravating tension in the state.
“APC as a law abiding party totally condemns the actions of the former Speaker in its entirety in taking the laws into his hands and embarking on absolute illegalities and acting god by declaring the seats of members whose matters were still pending in courts and who existing court orders restraining him from such purported declarations.
‘’His disobedience to extant orders of the court is most contemptuous and despicable of a chief law maker who had sown to respect and protect the law of the land. Now he is the one breaking them. The APC cannot and will not accept the act of impunity and political rascality displayed by the former Speaker in declaring the five seats of our members in the Assembly vacant.”
The four members whose seats were declared vaccant by Speaker Luke on Monday and who went around to storm the House and elect Ntuen as ‘speaker” were Gabriel Toby (Ika/Etim Ekpo), Nse Ntuen (Essien Udim), Otobong Ndem (Mkpat Enin) and Victor Udofia (Ikono) respectively.

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