By Andem BASSEY
Barely few days after the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly received petition of gross misconduct, highhandedness and misappropriation of funds against the Chairman of Esit Eket Local Government Council, Hon. Iniobong Robson, another, on character assassination, has been registered.
The petition, which might likely cause Hon. Robson’s suspension as Chairman of Esit Eket, was made by the member representing Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency in the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh.
The lawmaker, in the petition, sought immediate apologies and detraction an alleged libelous publication, saying “our laws stoutly advocates for the respect of my dignity and integrity as human and jettisons imprudent and malicious publications capable of undermining and underestimating my reputation, hence my right to defend my injured reputation.”
According to the petition, “Hon. Iniobong Robson, the Executive Chairman of Esit Eket Local Government Area who ought to be a model of discipline and orderly conduct, ignobly smear my reputation in an interview he granted Mr. Gideon Ekere, the Editor of the POST newspaper and sponsored the publication of the libelous interview and its circulation across the length and breadth of the globe through the internet and in the Mid-Week edition of “The POST” newspaper- Vol.12 No. 07, Friday 15th May, 2020 with the caption Esit Eket boils: Usoro Akpanuso is a stupid man- Council Chairman blows hot. Why I sacked Council Secretary.”
Addressing the House, Rt. Hon. Akpanusoh said “the unwarranted and malicious publication portrays me as a man of no intelligence, lacking the ability to learn and understand things and as a person deficient of the mental capacity to conform to expected normative behavior, this is a brazen assassination on my person which several members of the public, friends, business ally and leaders of my constituent have called to express their displeasure over the attack and wondered the low estimation I will suffer from other members of the public while encouraging me to take a stern legal steps and actions against the maker of this horrendous publication.”
“It is very pertinent to state that I take strict exception to the above false imputation of mental defect on my person, which by extension, casts serious doubt on the collective integrity and sound mindedness of my constituent and the entire membership of the hallowed chambers who inter-relate with me in the course of discharging our official duties,” he maintained.
He further called on the Speaker “to summon Hon. Iniobong Robson to appear before the Honorable House to justify his libelous publication against me or otherwise tender a clear and unqualified apology and retract the libelous publication in five (5) local and two (2) national dailies within 14 days after his appearance before the House.”