Monday, December 21, 2015 8:24 pm
Mr Onofiok Akpan Luke (PDP-Nsit Ubium Constituency) is the new speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly.
He replacedMr Aniekan Uko (PDP- Ibesikpo/Asutan Constituency), whose election has been annulled by the Court of Appeal.
Luke is a two-term state legislator and the immediate past chairman, House Committee on Education.
Twenty four members, out of 26 were present during Monday’s session.
In the same vein, the House Deputy Leader, Mr Aniefiok Dennis (PDP-Etinan Constituency) was replaced by Mr Aniekan Bassey (PDP- Uruan Constituency).
The replacement of Dennis followed the Court of Appeal’s nullification of his election.
The former speaker’s election was nullified a week ago by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja and a re-run ordered.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the sitting, the new speaker said that he ascribed his emergence to the will of God.
“We ascribe everything that happened today to God. Only God should take glory,” Luke said.
He promised to work for the unity and progress of the state.