What could have forced Otobong Bob, deputy majority leader of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, to withdraw his bill which was sponsored with the aim of getting local government chairmen to reside in their local governments, instead of functioning from the state capital?
Is it that the legislator was threatened by the council chairmen or there may have been some undercurrents, to have made him change his mind on the bill?
Only last week, the bill went through the first reading and was to be read a second time on Tuesday. In fact, the speaker. Udeme Otong had given the nod for the bill to go through a second reading and it was listed on the order paper accordingly, only for Bob to indicate that he was withdrawing the bill.
The speaker did not object to the withdrawal request, even though Bob did not give any explanations for his decision. It was not clear though, if he plans to bring back the bill in the coming days. But the chief whip, Effiong Johnson seconded his motion for the withdrawal.