It was a comedy of error section on Wednesday during the sitting at the Delta State House of Assembly, when the lawmaker representing Ughelli North II, Mr Eric Oharisi turned himself into the comedian of the day.
House members who came to the assembly for the day event were shocked to see Oharisi name as the first on attendance register, when he’s known to be a habitual late comer. They were yet to see the surprise of the day as he has his sleeves rolled up. The lawmakers felt he just came to sign his name and bolt out as his stock in trade, but were shocked to look inside the lounge and saw him holding a book in his hand.
For the first time ever, the legislators felt he has urgent matter of importance to move. After the prayers, Mr Speaker, Sheriff Oborevwori sked “any petition”? From behind, a voice was heard saying “Yes, Mr Speaker, Eric Oharisi is my name….” forgetting how to introduce himself since it was a crammed speech he was about to deliver.
A lawmaker, Reuben Izeze asked the Speaker if the petition has been certified, to which the Speaker asked him if he has certified it. The Majority Leader promptly told him, “Oharisi Ughelli North II, please see Mr Speaker. The guy boy that he is bounced to see the Speaker, with laughter from his colleagues.
The legislative procedure for presenting a petition we learnt is to send it first to Mr Speaker once you receive such from your constituent, who will now send it to the Committee on Public Petitions, who will now look at it and put a certificate on it showing that it has been certified, and send it back to Mr Speaker. It is then the Speaker will now send it back to the lawmaker who is the presenter of the petition that it can be listed as a petition of the house for the lawmaker to present on the floor. Thereafter it is referred back to the Committee to investigate and report back to the House.
Pastor (Mrs) Florence Umana, wife of Mr Umana Okon Umana, managing director of the Oil and Gas Free Zones, has said that she has “neither interest in nor intention of running for any elective office in 2019.”
“The claim against me is a cheap shot by those who want to drag my name and that of my family into controversy,” Pastor (Mrs) Umana said. “They should direct their energy and time to better purpose.”
Mrs Umana spoke to our correspondent by phone upon enquiry on a speculation in an online publication that she would be a running mate to a governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State.
Mr Umana also spoke to our correspondent by phone and said his wife has no interest in contesting for any elective position in 2019. He advised journalists to remain true to the values of professional journalism which enjoin all practitioners to report only the truth.
Our political correspondent notes that there has been a rash of untenable speculations and outright false reports about political permutations in the state and the nation at large as the build-up to another election cycle in 2019 kicks in.
The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Iniobong Ene Essien may be in the hospital this minute receiving treatment for bruises he incurred last week Saturday, during the forced end of the month sanitation on residents.
Secret Reporters gathered that Iniobong went round Uyo metropolis with security officials and some loyal thugs to monitor the exercise and punish defaulters who dared to leave their houses for legal business.
He however ran out of luck when he got information that the lawmaker representing Itu Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Mr Idongesit Ituen has defied his supreme order, and quickly drove to the place to see for himself.
He saw Ituen playing football at the West Itam Sports Centre with his followers at the football field and accosted him, where they had a heated argument. The lawmaker who was angry decided to hold Iniobong by his collar shirt and started punching and head butting him simultaneously before he was rescued by the boys he came with, alleged a source.
“The Commissioner is a mad man. Ituen was the one that brought grass cutters to cut the field and surrounding environment. He then decided to chill with the boys in the area, only for the Commissioner to come and start harassing him”, narrated a source to us.