As Chairman’s attempt to arrest Leader, fails
…uses ‘illegal’ female delegate during Party’s Special Congress; sacks Police Orderly
By our Correspondent
The last may not have been heard of the lingering crisis rocking the Ikono Local Government Council of Akwa Ibom state, following the faceoff between the Council Chairman, Hon Nyakno Okuibu and the Leader of the Ikono Legislative Council, Hon. Nsikak Ntok.
Our correspondent reports that the impasse between the two political players was brought to the open during the just concluded Special Congress organized by the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, last Wednesday.
The faceoff, as gathered, which nearly resulted in exchange of blows at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, venue of the PDP Special Congress, assumed a nasty twist when the Police Orderly attached to the Council Chairman, refused to arrest the Leader of the Legislative Council on his boss’ orders.
Our preliminary investigation reveals that the Council Chairman, Hon. Okuibu had allegedly replaced the Legislative Leader, Hon Ntok with an ‘illegal delegate’, Hon Otobong, a female councillor.
While the Leader, Hon Nsikak Ntok representing Ukpom Ward 5 was the authentic delegate recognized by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which supervised the Congress, to participate in same, the Council Chairman allegedly issued the delegate tag to Hon Otobong, councillor representing the newly created Ward 6 in the local government.
Our checks further show that no newly created Ward delegate in the state was legally allowed into the venue of the Congress by INEC following their nonrecognition.
While, our paper gathered that the Ikono Council boss has reportedly sacked his now former Orderly for refusing to carry out his order to arrest the Legislative Leader, investigation is ongoing on the allegation of ‘extra-political’ relationship between the embattled Chairman and the councillor representing the newly created Ward 6, Hon Otobong.
Efforts to reach the Council Chairman, Hon Nyakno Okuibu for comments on his role in the saga proved abortive as he was said to be unavailable when our correspondent visited his Ibiaku Ntok Okpo office.
His Press Secretary, Prince Nsisong Ntuk could not also be reached as calls to his known phone number were neither replied or returned.
More details later…