Deputy Governor, Mr. Nsima Ekere
By Okon Bassey
Tension mounted Thursday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital, over the sudden resignation of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Nsima Ekere, as armed security personnel cordoned the premises of the state House of Assembly.
Residents woke up to see all adjourning streets to the Assembly including the Nsikak Eduok and Udo Udoma avenues completely blocked by security vans.
THISDAY gathered that the heavy present of security operatives within the vicinity of the Assembly was arranged ahead of the planned impeachment of the Deputy Governor Thursday.
Ekere who reportedly got wind of his impeachment plot, sent his resignation letter to the governor on Wednesday.
The unusual atmosphere at the Assembly was that the Speaker, Hon. Sam Ikon, was going to be removed from office as the lawmakers including the Speaker were subjected intensive search before entering the premises.
At the sitting which was at a relaxed tone, the Clerk of the House read a letter from the Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, on the resignation of the Deputy Governor.
“I wish to inform the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly that in a letter dated October 31, Mr. Nsima U. Ekere resigned from office as the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State on personal grounds.
“Mr. Speaker sir, in pursuant of the above, I wish to further inform the House that Mr. Nsima Ekere’s resignation from office as Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State has been accepted.”
“The purpose of this letter therefore, is to intimate the House of the situation of things and to add that a nominee for the office of the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State will be forwarded soon to the House for clearance,” Akpabio said in the letter.
In accepting the letter after due motions were moved, the Speaker said the resignation of the Deputy Governor was in order having fulfilled Section 306(5) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The House adjourned for today (Friday) for the next sitting.
The Assembly never sits on Friday. Friday’s sitting might be to get the replacement of the resigned Deputy Governor or resignation of the Speaker.