Senator representing Akwa Ibom Northeast Senatorial district and Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, Albert Akpan, has come under serious criticism for his attack on Senate leadership for swearing in Senator Atai Aidoko of Kogi East Senatorial district.
Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Barrister Frank Tietie in Abuja, lampooned Akpan, saying the coalition of lawyers who held brief for him by condemning the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki over Atai Aidoko were selfish.
The reaction was sequel to court judgement in Uyo affirming Hon. Bassey Etim against Senator Albert Akpan.
He wondered at how the group of lawyers working for Senator Albert Akpan forgot so quickly that three Senators from Kogi East Senatorial district were sworn into office in less than two years because the Senate President was obeying court judgements.
“Where were those lawyers when the Senate swore in three different lawmakers between 2015 and now to represent Kogi East Senatorial district at the upper chamber of the National Assembly”, he asked.
He however explained that the controversy over who represents Akwa Ibom North East would not have been necessary if the Federal High Court Judgement sitting in Uyo was executed.
“One does not need to be a lawyer to know that an appeal does not constitute a stay of execution of the judgement of the court”, Barrister Tietie maintained.
He added that Senate decision on Aidoko has become a precedence in the instant case, hence, blaming the upper Chambers leadership under any guise amount to a warped idea.
He urged lawyers across the federation to save the profession and Nigeria’s democracy by conducting themselves in a professional manner particularly in the era where politicians were handy to use them.
It is recalled that Coalition of Concerned Lawyers last week protested to the National Assembly challenging Senate leadership over Aidoko, while urging the Senate President to refuse the swearing in the Court ordered Hon. Bassey Etim.