says action “ll prevent anarchy in the State
By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA-Akwa Ibom community in Abuja has appealed to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to inaugurate Bassey Etim as Senator-Elect for Akwa Ibom Northeast.
The Community which is an umbrella body of all indigenes of Akwa Ibom State resident in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT and its environs stated that any further delays could lead to break down of law and order in the senatorial district and the state in general.
In a press statement titled “Re-Swearing in of Senator-Elect Bassey Etim as Senator representing Akwa Ibom North in the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria: A Clarion Call to Prevent Injustice and enthrone Rule of Law”, signed by the President of the association, Comrade Tommy E. Okon, the community noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has long issued a certificate to Etim.
It also noted that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had written to the Senate President explaining the court judgment that nullified the election of Senator Bassey Albert, advising the swearing in of Etim.
Dated April, 20, 2017, the statement further stated that the immediate swearing in of Etim was necessary for proper representation of the senatorial zone.
It recalled that Saraki did justice to a similar situation in Kogi State, appealing to him to do same in Akwa Ibom.
The statement read in parts: “Your Excellency, recall that judgment of the Federal High court, Uyo Division on Monday 27th of February, 2017 in a suit filled by Hon. Bassey Etim V. PDP and 2 Ors, wherein the Court ordered amongst others the issuance of Certificate of Returns to Bassey Etim as the authentic Senator-Elect to represent Akwa Ibom North East in the Senate and the nullification of the Certificate of Return issues to Senator Bassey Albert.
“We are aware, sir, that Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has since compiled with the directive of the court by issuing a Certificate of Return to Bassey Etim dated 6th March, 2017.
“We are equally aware that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice who is the Chief Law Officer of the country through a letter to you dated 17th March, 2017 explicitly explained the purport of the judgment of 27th February, 2017 and advised the immediate swearing in of the Senator-Elect, Bassey Etim as Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East in the Senate, as there is no order of court saying the execution of the aforesaid judgment.
“Consequently, the community joins in the call for the immediate swearing in of the person declared by the court to represent Akwa Ibom North East in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the further delay in this exercise might lead to anarchy, breakdown of law and order in the affected Senatorial District and by extension our beloved state. It will amount to a denial of proper representation of the senatorial district in the senate.
“Your Excellency, justice delayed is justice denied, they say. Therefore, we respectfully, urge you to use your good offices to put an end to all forms of injustices in the Senate. Suffice-it-to say that what is good for the goose is also good for the gander, just a similar scenario played out in Kogi East Senatorial District and you rose to the occasion and enthrone the rule of law to the admiration of all.
“We therefore call on His Excellency, the Senate President to follow the above precedent by swearing in the Senator-Elect, Bassey Etim.”