Suspected thugs this Monday invaded the Akwa Ibom state house of assembly
According to TheCable, they prevented the lawmakers from gaining access into the assembly premises.
This action is reportedly connected with a court order declaring vacant the seat of Idongesit Ituen, member representing Itu constituency.
Ituen was recently sacked as a member of the state assembly by the federal high court. The court judgement followed his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
TheCable reports that Luke Onofiok, speaker of the Akwa Ibom house of assembly, had a few days ago barred Ituen from attending plenary.
Meanwhile, the PDP has alleged that the APC is behind the barricade. See tweet posted by PDP below:
Breaking News: The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA), premises is under heavy attack by members of @OfficialAPCNg thugs. The thugs invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex #AkHAUnderattack pic.twitter.com/5R8sMhC7RU
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) November 19, 2018
For more information:
WARSAW: Crisis in Akwa Ibom House of Assembly as Idongesit Ituen, member representing Itu constituency and his boys are currently blocking the entrance to the Assembly preventing state lawmakers from sitting for fear that his seat would be declared vacant after defecting to APC pic.twitter.com/jmnUF1eTHS
— May Ubeku (@Maybeks) November 19, 2018