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A-Ibom Assembly suspends speaker, deputy

UYO—Eighteen of the 26 members of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly have passed a vote of no confidence on the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ignatius Edet, and his deputy, Hon. Okon Uwah, giving the leadership seven days ultimatum to resign or face impeachment.

The eighteen members who stormed out of the Speaker’s office midway into the Executive Session, had moved to one of the Committee rooms to announce their disappointment in the leadership.

Addressing newsmen, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Asuquo Darby Udoh, said the House members were fed up with what he called the many misdemeanors of the Speaker and that the House could no longer operate under such leadership.

The House had been boiling in the last two weeks, with some aggrieved members calling for the resignation of the Speaker, an event that culminated in the several adjournments that could not allow the House pass certain bills that had been pending since their return from recess.

Before the crisis that finally rocked the boat, Speaker Ignatius Edet had many times escaped impeachment, using influential politicians in the state to save his position.

The Speaker could not be reached at press time for his reaction, but one of his personal aides said he was preparing to address the press later.

Speaking with Vanguard, the House member representing Uruan State Constituency, Usenobong Akpabio, said the face-off between the House leadership and members was not as a result of the fall out of the 2007 battle for who was to be the Speaker, but the constant postponement of sittings that had negatively affected the progress of the  business of lawmaking.


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