Verbal jibes between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) continued unabated in Akwa Ibom State since the governorship election tribunal delivered its verdict one week ago.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Mu- hammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, described governor Udom Emmanuel, as “illegitimate governor” following the nullification of the polls in 18 out of the 31 local government areas.
According to Senator Enang, who ditched the PDP to pitch his tent with the APC in the run up to the last general elections, Emmanuel remains “only a care-taker governor of the State in order that vacuum should not be created…”.
He expressed the hope that his new party would secure total cancellation across the 31 Councils at the Appeal Court.
Enang has been up in arms with his former party whose platform he stood to be elected to serve for 12 years in the House of Representatives and 4 years at the Senate immediately he lost the party nomination to return to the Red Chamber.
Taking a swipe at Senator Enang’s disposition to the ruling, the Special Assistant to governor Emmanuel on Legal Matters, Mr. Andem Andem, dismissed Enang’s position on the verdict, as lacking in substance and merit.
While advising the former lawmaker against interpreting the tribunal ruling based on his personal whims, Andem, a senior lawyer, frowned at what he described as public display of lack of knowledge of the law by Enang.
Armed with what he called “a certified true copy of the judgment”, Andem was quick to challenge Enang: “Let him show me where the tribunal say the governor is illegitimate, care-taker or acting governor…”.
According to him, Enang’s position on the ruling could be understood from the fact that though a constitutional lawyer, “he has spent greater number of years working in the Legislature instead of the Judiciary for him be abreast of the law”.
Urging the people to disregard Enang’s warped interpretation of the ruling, Andem wondered why the Senator, just named as one of Buhari’s Aides, could assume the position of an official spokesman of the APC.
He said the PDP has rejected the nullification of the polls in the 18 Councils, adding that the party was heading to the Appeal Court with view to overturning the ruling.
According to him, the PDP won overwhelmingly in the state, wondering why the tribunal should cancel the results in the affected local government areas.
– Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo