Mark Esset Dissociates Self From Property Bill… Says It’s Anti-People
The Honorable 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, in 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 stated.
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.’
“I hold firm my resolve to deliver on the promises I made to my constituents who collectively gave me the mandate on trust that, I will contribute in making people-oriented laws. In that same vein, #ISayNoToRealPropertyChargeBill,” Esset fumed.
Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh, who is the Chairman, House Committee Chairman on Appropriation and Finance, had labeled Esset and co as being against the leadership of Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke.
He said: “Coming out now to deny being a co-sponsor of the bill is very funny. About seven (7) of them who are doing that are anti-leadership. They think by doing that they are rubbishing the leadership of the House. That is the angle they are coming from.
“If they said they opposed the Bill in executive session, that is being ignorant of the law. Is there anything like executive session in the Standing orders of the House? The law does not recognize that. Be bold enough to state your mind at plenary.”
Also commenting, the Member Representing Mbo State Constituency, Hon. Samuel Ufuo, said Esset and his other colleagues who have divergent view on the bill are “frustrated”.
Ufuo wrote: “Application of frustration aggression theory on pure legislative matters”.
Responding to Ufuo’s diatribe, the Nsit Atai spokesman said “It baffles me when someone suggests that for an individual to hold on to his conviction and kick against a Bill that is filled with controversies is/are labelled ‘frustrated’; I can only deduce such a fellow to being Naive and Ignorant of Legislative Procedures”.
With this accusations and counter-accusations by AKHA members, on-lookers and political pundits believe there is more to it than meets the eye.