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By Harris Emanuel

Uyo—Crisis is brewing in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, following the declaration of two seats vacant by the Speaker due to the defection of the members to another party.

Those affected are Usoro Akpanusoh and Asuquo Udo, representing Esit Eket and Ikono state constituencies, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the Young Progressive Party, YPP.

Sources told Vanguard that the sacked members were ready to go to court to retain their seats.

Speaker of the House, Aniekan Bassey, who made the announcement during Tuesday plenary, cited Section 109 (1) (a-g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), which guarantees the tenure of House of Assembly members.

He said: “Being a person whose election to the House of Assembly was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected.

“Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored.”

The speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Mrs. Mandu Umoren, to communicate the order of the House to the appropriate authorities.

 Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Aniefiok Dennis (Etinan), said: “The speaker relied on the provisions of Section 109(1)(g) in declaring the seats vacant. He acted in compliance with extant law, since the affected members abandoned their

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