But for the last minute intervention of Nelson Effiong, Senator Ita Enang would have found himself on an Uyo bound aircraft, before the departure of President Muhamadu Buhari on his vacation.
Our reporter gathered exclusively that the Ibiono Ibom born lawyer, was blacklisted following a near breakdown in the relationship between the Presidency and the Upper legislative chambers.
With the series of cold face given to Mr President’s recent proposals at the red chambers, Enang who was recommended as a liaison between the Presidency and the Senate following his long sojourn in the national assembly is assumed to have failed in his duties.
Trouble started when Senator Enang’s sinister move led to the infamous ‘missing budget’ scandal of 2016, however the ill-famed decision of Ita Enang to witness against the Senate Deputy President and other senate leaders in the alleged forgery of the standing rules of the Senate led to a decision by the lawmakers to bar the former lawmaker from their chambers.
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It was believed that the severed relationship between Ita Enang and the senators formed the basis for the rejection of President Buhari’s request for $30bn loan, as well as the rejection of non career ambassadorial nominations late last year.
As if this was not enough, Ita was also unable to garner support for the President from the lawmakers in the light of the nomination of Ibrahim Magu for confirmation as EFCC boss, and the indictment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal.
Investigations reveal that while plans were in top gear for the shopping of Enang’s replacement, he was quick to pull a fast one by convincing Senator Nelson Effiong to jump ship and get an automatic second term ticket for Eket Senatorial district, a ticket Effiong’s current poor run in the upper legislative chambers could not guarantee him.
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Before the defection of Senator Nelson Effiong, Enang had been sidelined in the scheme of things, which accounts for his not being informed of the re-sending of Magu’s name to the senate for confirmation.
Enang dragged Nelson Effiong to the Presidency, as a bait he could use to create a political point for the APC in his homestate, especially since he hails from the Governor’s senatorial district, and after introducing him to a section of the ‘cabal’ in the Presidency, Effiong fell a victim of the blackmail and threw in the towel by jumping to the APC.
Unknown to Nelson, the only beneficiary of the political summersault is Ita Enang, while Senator Effiong has been left in the cold without any significant effort to integrate him into the APC family in Akwa Ibom State.
It would be recalled that the Senator Effiong’s recent political rally in his hometown turned out a big flop as no PDP state officer from either factions of the APC in Akwa Ibom showed up to receive him, leaving him in the hands of some hungry looking young people.