Akwa Ibom
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Some members of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly have elected the member representing Essien Udim state constituency, Nse Ntuen as their new Speaker.

This is following the sack of five lawmakers in the Assembly.

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Speaking to newsmen on Monday, Ntuen said the decision to change the Speaker followed members’ lack of confidence in Onofiok Luke.

He described the process that led to their purported sack as illegal, null and void, as there were subsisting court orders, even as the House rules and procedures were not duly and legally followed.

Ntuen explained that: “In the first place, no such action as declaring our seat vacant took place because there was no mace, the former Speaker did not follow due legislative procedure of being announced into the chamber by the Sergent at Arms rather he came in through the back door.

“What happened in the House today was a normal legislative thing. We were supposed to sit on Tuesday, but yesterday (Sunday) we got notices that the sitting had been rescheduled for today because of the public holiday on Tuesday and nobody objected to that.

“Unfortunately, this morning when I came to the house, the gate was barricaded and we were not allowed to go into the premises.

“Moreover, the purported action was not in the order paper for today’s plenary. The two items in the order paper were the consideration of the appropriation bill sent to the House by Governor Udom Emmanuel and a commemorative sitting for former Governor Victor Attah.

“So, in the light of these anomalies, members sat and elected me as the new Speaker. We will reconvene on Wednesday when other positions will be filled.

“This will not be the first time a minority member will be elected ahead of a legislature. The Senate President of the Nigerian Senate is a minority member.”