Lawyers for Equity and Justice (LEJ) in Akwa Ibom State has joined other Nigerians to condemn the invasion of the state assembly by the police and five All Progressives Congress (APC) members who tried to effect change of leadership.
In a statement signed by the convener, Chief G.O. Effiong, and
secretary, Godwin Idobo, the group described the act as an assault to
the country’s hard-earned democracy.
According to the statement, the ugly scenario, which is a total
disregard for the rule of law, has threatened the peace that the state
had been enjoying in the past three years.
“Events of the last few weeks in our dear state have not only been
ridiculously dramatic, but have also threatened the hard-earned peace,
which had hitherto enveloped Akwa Ibom as a state over the last three
years. This is no thanks to the combative APC, which is the major
opposition party in Akwa Ibom.
“The party is truly living up to its threat of making the hitherto
peaceful state ungovernable and further unleashing its notorious federal
might on the state and its people. This threat, which many disregarded,
is systematically executed before our very eyes.”
This, the group opined, made caricature of the legislature, as people
who are supposed to know the workings of the law are the people making
nonsense of legislative system.
It added: “With this calibre of legislators, people-oriented law
cannot be made for the benefit of those that elected them into
office.“To add insult to injury, the leadership of the APC in the state
is said to have organised a press conference where the state chairman
expressed delight at the emergence of his party member as the ‘new
speaker’ and called for a state of emergency to be declared in the
state, which has been voted, adjudged and declared the most peaceful
state in the country.”