#AKHAUnderSiege: Assault On Our Democracy –Sen. Bob
Senator Effiong Bob has described the recent invasion of the premises and the hallow chambers of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly by five former members of the House as an assault on our hard earned democracy and the collective psyche of the Akwa Ibom people.
Senator Bob, a lawyer with several years post call to bar experience, a two term senator of the Federal Republic and member of the ECOWAS Parliament as well as a one time member of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly who was also the Deputy Speaker of the House at the time wondered why lawmakers should be the ones violating the law.
He said that the seats of the five former lawmakers having been declared vacant in compliance with the judgement of a court of competent jurisdiction, as lawmakers, the sacked members should have known where to go to seek remedy instead of resorting to wanton lawlessness and breach of the peace in the state.
He frowned at a situation where five people could superintend over the affairs of a House of Assembly made up of twenty six members arguing that this would be a clear contravention of the constitution and the standing rules of the House. He said that allowing such misdemeanor to endure would breed anarchy stressing that that is not what the state needs.
Senator Effiong Bob said that for bringing in a fake mace, a fake Sergeant at Arms and a fake Clerk of the House to the Assembly, whether the five former lawmakers were sponsored or not is immaterial, they have to be arrested and prosecuted for desecrating the House and making ridicule of our democratic tenets in eyes of the world.
Senator Bob said that the state has witnessed peace for the past three and half years adding that nobody or group of persons should, by their actions, take the state backwards to the dark days of kidnapping, politically motivated killings, child theft and other forms of insecurity which retarded progress and development in the state. He pointed out that the prevailing peace and security in the state has brought about rapid industrial revolution in the state and that nobody should take the state back to those dark days.
On the alleged support given to the miscreants by security operatives in the state, the Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators said that for the security agencies to absolve themselves of the blame, they must seek out, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the sacrilegious invasion of our democratic institution – the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
Senator Bob commended the state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for his swift intervention as the chief security officer of the state which saw to the return of normalcy to the House of Assembly, the twenty one lawmakers led by the Speaker,Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke, for behaving responsibly by not taking the laws into their hands and the people of the state for always supporting the truth and standing up for democracy against brute force, dictatorial tendencies and violence.