Akwa Ibom Speaker Sponsors Operation Stop Aniekan Uko
… How Uko’s election nullification was masterminded
The last may not have been heard of the the “boardroom” politics which led to the nullification of the election of Elder Aniekan Uko, a former Speaker of the House of Assembly and member that represented Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, by the Appeal Court.
A strange chain of events ahead of the Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency rerun election shows that the probable return of the former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Elder Aniekan Uko whose election was annulled on December 9, 2016 is causing some members of the House collywobbles.
It is alleged that former colleagues of Elder Aniekan Uko in the House of Assembly who were uncomfortable with his leadership bribed judges of the Appeal Court through surrogates to upturn an earlier judgement of the elections petition tribunal which upheld the election of Aniekan Uko.
“Now they are not at ease with the brighter chances of Aniekan Uko’s possible return to the House. Their fear is that if Aniekan Uko returns, he may, with the backing of some influencers scuttle the current leadership of the House headed by Barr. Onofiok Luke”, a source revealed.
This same group allegedly led by the Speaker of the House of Assembly Elder Onofiok Luke has launched an “operation stop Aniekan Uko at all cost”.
The operation which has a few members of the House in the know is implemented in phases, a phase which has started off with a sustained media attack on stakeholders of the PDP from Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area.
Our source claimed that Barr. Onofiok Luke has been coaxed by some influential members of the House into sponsoring campaigns against the possible return of Aniekan Uko to the House of Assembly despite repeated pledges in public by Barr. Luke that he “will do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure that Aniekan Uko returns to the House of Assembly”.
“One of the strategies employed by these wolves who play around Aniekan Uko as friends, is blackmailing the likes of the political leader of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government, Prince Uwem Ita Etuk and the State Accountant General, Mr. Linus Nkan. Their aim is to create enmity between Elder Aniekan Uko, Prince Uwem Ita Etuk, Mr. Linus Nkan on one hand and Governor Udom Emmanuel, Senator Godswill Akpabio and top echelon members of the PDP in the State on the other hand”, our source said.
More than this, investigations reveal that two high ranking members of the House who feel their positions will be threatened in event where Elder Aniekan Uko wins the rerun have regularly met and donated funds to candidate of the APC, Elder Gabriel Akpan. The said members also met with the APC candidate today, Monday February 29, 2016.
National SLATE can authoritatively report that one of the two members who are championing the “operation stop Aniekan Uko at all cost” is angling to chair the March 12, election rerun committee of the PDP.
This same legislator is said to have advanced negotiations with some INEC officials in the State to ensure that the election results will be manipulated against Aniekan Uko.
In a swift reaction to the allegations, Press Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Kufre Okon said Barr. Onofiok Luke has nothing to fear about anybody coming back to the House.
Okon added that Barr. Luke had at different fora declared his support for Aniekan Uko.