Ita Enang still remains the Senior Special Assistant to the President On National Assembly (Senate) matters, an aide to the embattled presidential appointee has insisted.
Essien Inyang, Special Assistant on Media to Enang, made the clarification on Tuesday in reaction to reports that his principal is set to be removed from his position.
It was learnt that Enang, who was appointed in 2015, will be replaced by Omoworare Babajide, a former senator from Osun State as part of the reshuffling of by President Muhammadu Buhari’s team of advisers.
Babajide, it was gathered, was picked by the ninth Senate as its preferred liaison officer after President Buhari asked the upper chamber to nominate their choice.
But Inyang maintained that Enang is still working in his capacity as the legislative aide to the president.
Inyang reinforced his position by providing a quote from Enang’s statement on a live radio programme in Uy, the Akwa Ibom State capital on Tuesday morning.
The embattled presidential appointee had, according to his media aide, confirmed his position as Buhari’s liaison officer to the Senate.
“My name is Senator Ita Solomon Enang, and I am the National Assembly liaison officer; Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate).”
“-Sen. Ita Enang while Speaking on a live interview on Akwa Ibom Mandate, a political programme aired on Planet FM 105.9 Uyo (Tuesday 13th August 2019 by 10:40 a.m),” Inyang quoted Enang as saying in a statement to the Punch.
But when asked why his principal refused to answer calls placed to his mobile phone on Monday, Inyang said: “This (conversation) is enough, he (Enang) wasn’t disposed as at yesterday (sic).”
The Presidency has not issued any statement confirming the status of Enang’s appointment.
Enang defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) just before the 2015 general elections.
He represented the Itu and Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2011, and also represented Akwa Ibom North-East senatorial district from 2011-2015.