The Edo Youth Political forum has cautioned the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, over what it called “misleading and unguided utterances” over the deputy senate president slot.
The forum, in a statement by its presient Benjamin Agbohaode, said Enang must separate his private opinion from official business.
It said Enang should immediately withdraw his unguided utterances or be ready to explain the source of his information.
According to the forum, the interview granted by Enang, where he allegedly made preference for Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the post of deputy senate president, was a “biased opinion expressed from an uninformed position of ignorance”.
The statement reads: “Senator Ita Enang is not a serving Senator and does not have the capacity to speak for elected Senators. President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman have not appointed Ita Enang as the party’s spokesperson. Therefore, he should stop exceeding his boundaries so as not to overheat the polity.
“President Buhari understands that we are in democracy and has given the senators their independence to choose their leaders. Senator Ita Enang is speaking from both sides of his mouth because he has earlier said the president will not intervene in the Senate leadership, and now he has reversed to his own vomit by expressing his preference for Ovie Omo Agege.
“As an incumbent deputy chief whip of the Senate, Senator Francis Alimikhena is well equipped and refined for the position of deputy senate president and not for triviality.”
The group called on the lawmakers to ignore Enang’s interview as he was speaking for himself.
“The decision of who becomes the next deputy president of the senate should be the business of the lawmakers and not Ita Enang. Edo State will not succumb to this cheap blackmail by Senator Ita Enang,” the forum added.
The concerned caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the party was yet to zone the position of Deputy Senate President to the Southsouth.
The group, in a statement by Segun Bello and Sunday Umutu, took a swipe at Enang on his alleged position that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC Delta Central) has been endorsed for deputy senate president.
The group said Enang cannot speak for the party and can no longer speak for the Presidency against the backdrop that he is no longer the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
They said: “Section 151 of the 1999 Constitution states that the appointment of all special advisers shall cease when the President ceases to hold office, while Section 171 states that the appointment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and any office or the personal staff of the President shall cease when the President ceases to hold office.
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