Former Minority Leader in the Senate Godswill Akpabio

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused the presidency, APC and Senator Godwill Akpabio of instigating the crisis rocking the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly.

Speaking on Tuesday, the spokesperson of CUPP, Imo Ugochinyere said five lawmakers had earlier in the day attempted to illegally impeach Governor Emmanuel Udom with the backing of the Nigeria Police.

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He said hoodlums imported by the five lawmakers forced their way into the legislative house with the aid of policemen drafted by the Inspector of General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris and the National Chairman of the APC Adams Oshiomhole to destabilize the state Assembly.

Ugochinyere said: “The suspended five state Assembly members with the support of the police again force their way into the chambers to first sack the speaker, elect a new one and thereafter constitute a kangaroo committee to commence impeachment proceedings against the state governor.

“We the opposition parties condemn in strong terms this attempted rape on our democracy by a few misguided elements in the state and their paymasters.

“This desperation by president Mohammadu Buhari and his APC to take over Akwa Ibom state even ahead of 2019 general election is capable of leading to a repeat of the unfortunate political drama that truncated our democracy in 1983.”