By Oboh Agbonkhese
A statement credited to Senator Ita Enang that Mr. Udom Emmanuel was no longer the constitutional governor of Akwa Ibom State has been described as “highly irresponsible.”
A public affairs commentator, Sir Kenny Okolugbo, said Enang, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), should know that the Electoral Act clearly has the tribunal as a court of first instance, with the Supreme Court as the final arbiter.
He said: “It is on record that Governor Udom has appealed the judgement that nullified elections in 18 local governments of the state. Therefore, unless the Appeal Court rules on the matter, which could still be subjected to the Supreme Court’s judgment, nothing can be said to have been done.”
Citing the Rivers State’s case, where he said Mr Nyesom Wike remains the governor until the Supreme Court rules, he said that Enang, who rose to become a lawmaker should know better not to run commentary on a court case and “make mockery of the law.”