Senator Ita Enang.
President Muhammadu Buhari has given Senator Ita Enang as his aide on National Assembly Matters (Senate).

Premium Times learnt that Enang, a former senator from Akwa Ibom state, was appointed a Special Adviser to the President during his (the president’s) first term. He has continued to act in that capacity in Buhari’s second term, even when his appointment, like those of several other aides, has not been officially renewed.

A source close to the Presidency hinted on Sunday evening, that President Buhari has picked Senator Babajide Omoworare, a former senator from Osun state, as Senator Enang’s replacement.

The belief in the Presidency, according the source, is that Enang did not perform well in managing the relationship between President Buhari and senators in the Eighth Senate, despite being a former senator himself.

The relationship between President Buhari and the Senate led by the immediate past Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was characterised by deep animosity. Saraki was elected a senator in 2015 under the same party, the All Progressives Congress, with Buhari, but the two parted ways politically.

Saraki later defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and became a critic of the Buhari administration.

“He (Enang) didn’t have the temperament to deliver anything substantial,” the source said of Mr Enang’s performance as Buhari’s aide.

“Despite the experience he has and the senators being his former colleagues, he could not resolve the frequent crisis the senators were having with the president.”

The source disclosed that Enang may, however, be compensated with another position – possibly the President’s adviser on Niger Delta Matters.

The new appointment is among those to be announced this week by the presidency.

Enang’s spokesperson, Essien Inyang, told Premium Times on Monday that he was not aware the former senator had been dropped by the president.

Thank you for reading. Got comments? Kindly post them with your name on the Comment box below.

No comments

Comments are welcome, provided they are civil, interactively engaging. Hate speech not encouraged.

Powered by Blogger.