How a greedy lawmaker retrieved empowerment car from constituent
Hon. Asukwo Archibong
Joseph Atainyang, Uyo
An act of barbarism has happened in Urue Offing Oruko Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State as a sitting lawmaker in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon Asukwo Archibong retrieves empowerment vehicle from his constituent.
The lawmaker did the retrieval Thursday in Oron Town as the beneficiary, Hon Okokon Iyanam, the International President of Urue Offong/Oruko Grassroot Foundation (UOGF) was returning from a consultative meeting of another aspirant into the state constituency.
Hon Okokon Iyanam
Iyanam who is a former council chairman of the area and currently the chapter secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, narrated the story to our reporter saying, Archibong intercepted him at Efiat Lane while he was driving back from the meeting venue.
His words, “I think he was laying ambush on me. As I was driving out of the premises of the meeting before dusk, Asukwo Archibong intercepted me with his official vehicle with four armed Mobil police men as well as his Personal Assistant”.
“They asked me to come out of the vehicle, as I came out, one of them immediately jumped into the car and drove off. Some people who were at the street at that time saw when it happened. He did not give me the receipt of the vehicle. He knows what he is doing. He was careful not to give the receipt for any of the empowerment items to any beneficiary”.
Iyanam told this reporter that Archibong did not give him any reason for getting the car back from him.
It could be recalled that Asukwo Archibong who was elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had long crossed into PDP where he is vigorously campaigning for a second term, a culture which is strange to the constituency.
He was the only APC candidate who won election in the whole state, owing to the determined position of Urue Offong/Oruko people who were ready to die to stop the now opposition party from foisting a candidate on them.
Dropping the breaking news on the social media (Facebook) three days back, Isaac Mefo, a constituent in the area described the unfortunate situation as barbaric and shameful.
He called on the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke, as well as the media community in the state to immediately rise in condemnation of the act.
He exclaimed, “What a barbaric and shameful act by Hon. Asukwo Archibong, Member Rep Urue Offong/Oruko in AKHA?”
“I received a call yesterday that the so called car gift Hon. Archibong gave to Hon Iyanam, current PDP chapter secretary and former head of council, during his constituency briefing was retrieved from him yesterday”.
“He said that, Hon Iyanam is not supporting his second term bid. The Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, The Speaker of AKHA, Rt (Hon) Onofiok Luke and the Akwa Ibom State Media Community must hear this”.
Meanwhile, attempts to reach out to the lawmaker for comments were unsuccessful as calls sent to his working lines could not go through.