By Ekemini Simon
Stakeholders of Etinan Federal Constituency have issued a warning to persons allegedly plotting the arrest of the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Onofiok Luke over what they described as trump up charges, few days to election.
It could be recalled that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Akwa Ibom State, had recently raised alarm over alleged plot hatched and sponsored by the All Progressives Congress, APC to frame up, arrest and incarcerate key leaders of the PDP in the State including Rt Hon Onofiok Luke.
Speaking at Ibiakpan Obotim ward and Itreto Ward in Nsit Ubuim during the concluding ward tour of the Federal Constituency by Rt Hon Onofiok Luke on Monday, a bigwig in the constituency, Senator Effiong Bob warned against any attempt to frame up their son in attempt to arrest him for political reasons.
Senator Bob noted that besides Luke being of good character, he is loved by his people hence the reason the people of the Federal Constituency will rise to resist such scheme.
The Senator said any attempt to use crude means to intimidate the people may breach the peace of the State thus should be avoid. He added ” Akwa Ibom State wont contain us again the day APC arrest Onofiok Luke on trumped-up charges”.
On his part, the International President of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Akparawa Patrick Udofia stated that Rt Hon Onofiok Luke is a law abiding citizen of the State and a treasured son of Ibibio land who has carried out his campaigns without resort to planned violence.
He said anyone who has political squabbles against him should inform his leaders and not plot to arrest him as such will be resisted.
Commenting on Onofiok Luke’s aspiration to represent the Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, in their respective remark, Hon. Cletus Ekpo, Chairman Etinan Local government, Hon. Udemeobong Sylvanus Bassey,Chairman Nsit Ubium local government,
Barr. Bob Otobong,PDP Candidate for Nsit Ubium State Constituency noted that Rt Hon Onofiok Luke is the best deal for the area owing to what they described as his legislative experience, intelligence, representative capacity and empowerment antecedent.
Also speaking, Rt Hon. Anietie Etuk,Former Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and the Director General of Amazing Grace campaign organization noted that since Rt Hon Luke has performed excellently in his representation as a House Member, it will be to the benefit of the Federal Constituency for him to be given the mandate to represent them.
He added ” Rt Hon. Onofiok Luke has the voice,the Grace and the experience to represent us at the House of Representatives. He has positively touched the lives of the people and I know too well that the people will go out and vote for him on February 16th. He has the capacity, if given the chance,I know that you will give him the chance to continue with his good works.”
In his remark, the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North East at the National Assembly, Senator Bassey Albert stated that Rt Hon Luke has laid a good legislative foundation over the years which will help him perform creditably at the Green Chambers of the National Assembly.
He promised to work together with him to attract things back to the State.
The Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Onofiok Luke in response thanked the people for the confidence and support in him.
He said the mandate that will be given him will be properly used for human capacity development of his constituents and the projection of the State’s interest.
He added ” I may not be perfect but i have a good heart for public service. We must build capacity in leadership. When I came into public service, I said to myself that I will represent the interest of the people and not my personal interest,because you can not claim to represent the people without giving them effective representation.
“Thank God I have been able to do that. I have a calling, God called me to help people and that is why I cannot see people with needs and not give a helping hand. I won’t stop doing that.”