One of the 3 members of the House of Representatives accused of sexual misconduct during a visit to the United States of America has asked the people of his constituency not to condemn him so quickly.
The member, Samuel Ikon is the lawmaker representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Constituency of Akwa Ibom at the House of Representatives.
On Saturday, he condemned the accusation of leveled against him by the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle in a letter addressed to the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara.
Entwistle, in his letter had informed Dogara that Ikon alongside 2 other lawmakers lawmakers solicited sex from prostitutes in Cleveland, Ohio, during their visit to the U.S.
While Ikon revealed his happiness that the lower chamber had initiated investigation into the allegations, he said that he was at a loss of what the U.S ambassador hoped to achieve with such baseless accusations.
He also said that he had instructed his lawyers to begin legal and diplomatic steps to get to the root of the matter “to clear my name and the institution I represent”.
He also said “I wish to state unequivocally that this is false and definitely not me.
“This, to me is a case of mistaken identity and I will be vindicated. I have initiated measures both legal and diplomatic to clear my name and the institution I represent.
“There are many questions left unanswered by the actions of the U.S. mission but I believe it will become clearer in the course of time.”
He asked the people of his constituency to be patient and not condemn him quickly as God would soon vindicate him.
“I want to reassure all of my innocence in this matter and I call on all relevant authorities and jurisdictions to commence full investigation to correct this great injustice to me.
“I have an unwavering faith in God to see me through this trying moment and plead with all not to be hasty in condemning me as the final outcome will surely clear my name.
“I urge for patience, prayers and God’s abiding wisdom at this time,” Ikon said.