Online reports of a purported plot to impeach Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has been dismissed as a hoax by Idongesit Ituen, a lawmaker in the oil-rich state.
According to Prince Ituen, who represents Itu State Constituency at the House of Assembly, the reports are “manufactured by mischief makers” with the intention of createing unnecessary political distraction in the polity.
Ituen, who is also the house committee chairman on works and transport, made these remarks at a session with journalists on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 the eve of his 40th birthday.
Prince Ituen while reacting to questions on a news story published by a state based tabloid, The Guide Newspaper, alleging that, the commissioner for works, Ephraim Inyangeyen, in league with members of the State Legislature, are plotting the impeachment of the governor, said the allegation is unfounded, preposterous and laughable.
The Itu born Lawmaker maintained that, Governor Udom Emmanuel cannot be impeached by the State House of Assembly, having not committed any impeachable offences, nor any such matter brought or muted against him from any quarters whatsoever and stressed that, the State Legislature have absolute confidence in the vision and leadership potential of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Describing the current Assembly as proactive and progressive, Prince Ituen commended the Speaker of the AKHA, Rt. Hon. Barrister Onofiok Luke for the what he said, is the firm, open and dynamic leadership of the State Legislature, which has resulted in the cordial collaboration with the other arms of government to deliver good governance and sustainable development of the state.
Prince Ituen averred that, according to scripture, a throne is established by righteousness, arguing that, both Governor Udom Emmanuel and Barrister Onofiok Luke qualify as God fearing and faithful leaders, are rest assured that, they will complete their tenure.
On the allegation against Mr Inyangeyen as sponsoring the alleged plot to impeach Governor Udom Emmanuel, Prince Ituen said, such blackmail is dead on arrival. He explained that, some disgruntled persons are behind such smear campaigns to score cheap political goals, regretting that, sometimes even highly placed officials engage the service of blackmailers in desperate attempts to tarnish the hard won reputation of their perceived or imaginary political rivals.
Prince Ituen exonerated Commissioner Inyangeyen from such fictional plot, insisting that he is a fiercely loyal and dependable aide of Governor Udom Emmanuel, whose passion for service is excellent.
On his fortieth birthday, Prince Ituen thanked God Almighty for being gracious to him and sparing his life. He said, he remains more determined than ever to work hard for the betterment of his constituents and Akwa Ibom State.
Additional reports by Calabar Reporters.