Attempts by the member representing Calabar South/Akpabuyo/Bakassi Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Essien Ayi, to seek a fifth term of four years, may have received a bashing. 

Several youths from his constituency on Tuesday staged a protest against him.

Ayi was first elected in 2003 and had done four straight terms.

The tenure for lawmakers in the state Houses of Assembly and National Assembly is unlimited.

The protesting youths insisted that they would prevail on Ayi not to seek re-election for the fifth time.

The protesters carried placards with varied inscriptions such as: “The Mugabe of Calabar South must go;” “Bakassi say no to fifth term lawmaker;” “Capital NO to fifth term,” among others.

They sought and got audience with the Speaker of the House, John Gaul Lebo, who was accompanied by other principal officers.

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One of the speakers who identified himself as Solomon Archibong, told the Speaker in clear terms that they had come to speak against the wish of Ayi to return to the National Assembly.

“He is our own Mugabe, please let him leave, we need a new face,” he said.

The Speaker, John Gaul-Lebo, who spoke briefly to the protesters, commended them for peacefully conducting themselves.

A source close to the House of Representatives member, however, maintained that Ayi would seek re-election in 2019.

The source said, “More than any other person, Ayi understands better the intricacies of National Assembly politics and has remained a political asset up until date.”

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