- Insists Ex Gov sent assassins after him
As the crisis instigated by former Governor Godswill Akpabio to cripple the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly with the aim of undermining the Governor Udom Emmanuel led PDP administration in the state
continues to rage, the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt Hon Onofiok Luke has vowed to not only take on the former Senate Minority Leader but has also promised to expose the dark sides of the former number one citizen by telling Akwa Ibom people the main reasons fueling the current political war in the state.
The Speaker in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Mr Kufre Okon said there is no hiding place for Senator Akpabio as all attempts by the former Governor to shield himself from blame in the ongoing crisis that has engulfed the state legislature remains futile.
The Nsit Ubium born Speaker said, he stands by his earlier statement on the sponsored assassination attempt on him by Senator Akpabio, promising to at the appropriate time, take necessary actions.
“The world should know that if anything untoward happens to the Speaker, Senator Akpabio and his wife should be held responsible”. “Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke knows Sen. Akpabio very well and Sen. Akpabio equally knows Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke well”, the release warned.
“We have read Anietie Ekong’s futile attempt at disentangling Senator Godswill Akpabio from the net and web of his evil conspiracy against the person of Rt. Hon (Barr) Onofiok Luke and the Office of the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly. Just like in real life, the more Senator Akpabio tries to disentangle himself, the more the net of his ungodly plans draws him in. His penchant for playing ostrich is common knowledge, but like the ostrich, he is the only one who doesn’t know that the world has a gracious view of his backside”, the release said.
The statement observed that Sen. Godswill Akpabio’s refusal to address the Right Honourable Speaker by his office, but rather addressing him as the member representing Nsit Ubium state constituency, has clearly shown the world that his hands are actively in the plot to destabilize the state assembly.
“But this hatred for Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke as Speaker is neither new nor strange, after all in June 2015, the same Akpabio did everything within and in fact beyond his powers, to stop the emergence of Rt. Hon. Luke as Speaker. He took away the clerk of the House, seized the mace, intimidated honourable members and stalled the process of proclaiming the assembly on time”.
“Akpabio may have in his usual style chosen to suffer selective amnesia, but Akwa Ibom people and PDP faithful remember the near Golgotha experience that Rt. Hon Luke passed through to get the ticket of the PDP for a second term. Akpabio it was who funded the opposition that the speaker faced during his re-election bid and even wrote off Nsit Ubium during the elections refusing to offer any financial support for the elections as the party leader then. He even stopped the party’s financial assistance to Nsit Ubium”, the statement read.