The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom state, Ini Okopido, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the state and remove the Governor, Udom Emmanuel from office.
He said that Governor Emmanuel’s inability to resolve the Assembly crisis which he allegedly started by pressurizing Speaker Onofiok Luke to declare the five APC seats vacant had made the APC call for the declaration of state of emergency necessary.
The state party Chairman in a press statement issued on Wednesday said it looked ‘childish and amateurish’ for governor Emmanuel to call on president Muhammadu Buhari to solve the problem he created for himself.
The statement read, “As the leading political party in Akwa Ibom State, we are shocked, embarrassed and petrified by the crisis that has engulfed our State House of Assembly in the last one week, and from all our investigations, we wish to state categorically that Gov. Udom Emmanuel is solely responsible for this crisis and so he should bear full responsibility for it.
“Since Udom Emmanuel instigated this crisis by pressuring Mr Onofiok Luke to declare the seats of the APC legislators vacant, both of them should solve the problems. Calling on the President to intervene in the crisis they created is childish and amateurish” Okopido said.
“Should the governor fail to address this problem, we call on the President to declare a State of Emergency in Akwa Ibom state and subsequently remove Udom Emmanuel from Office.
“Udom Emmanuel has not only flouted the law and breached the principle of separation of powers by invading the House of Assembly with murderous gang of thugs; the governor himself appears to be too unwell to occupy the exalted office”.
He alleged that the governor went to the Assembly accompanied by a large crowd of thugs, some policemen and other government officials and ordered his thugs to beat up the five APC lawmakers.
The APC chairman said to worsen the situation, the governor went to government house and addressed the press indicting the new commissioner of police and asking for his redeployment and alleged that the crisis wass orchestrated by the APC.
While condemning the call by Governor Emmanuel for the redeployment of the commissioner of police, the chairman expressed confidence in the new Commissioner of Police who arrived the State only a few days ago.
Okopido also said that Senator Godswill Akpabio has no hand in the Assembly crisis and wondered why the governor would resort to heaping insults and abuse on Senator Akpabio.
“Since Senator Akpabio left the PDP in August, our governor has been so psychologically deflated that he blames the distinguished senator for all his afflictions, including his family problems.” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Ekerete Udoh said the call for declaration of state of emergency by APC was laughable and would not succeed.
His words, ”The laughable plot to declare a state of emergency in Akwa Ibom by the APC has being the sole motivating impulse in the violence and the charade they are currently pushing in the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly.
“Thank God the good people of Akwa Ibom state have seen through their machination and they have failed miserably. Governor Udom Emmanuel had stated this forcefully and persuasively in his world press conference on Tuesday that the APC wants to use the federal might to rig the election.
“This evil plot will not succeed as our people are ready to defend our hard fought democracy with every fibre in us . Akwa Ibom state is peaceful and it is ludicrous and laughable for the APC to talk about the state of emergency”.