- One of President Muhammadu Buhari's aides, Senator Ita Enang, has resigned from his office in the presidency
- Enang was the president's aide on National Assembly (Senate) before he resigned on Monday, May 16
- The APC senator is leaving the office to pursue his governorship ambition in Akwa Ibom come 2023 elections
Senator Ita Enang, the presidential adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, has resigned his appointment to further and possibly actualise his bid to become Akwa Ibom's next governor in 2023.
Enang served as special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly (Senate) between 2015 and 2019. The president appointed him as the aide on Niger Delta affairs in 2019, Leadership reports.
In a statement released by Enang's publicity secretary, Edet Ekpenyong, the former presidential aide expressed gratitude to President Buhari for giving him the rare opportunity to serve.
The statement reads:
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“The time has come. I intend to contest for the governorship of Akwa Ibom state on the platform of our party, the APC, for which I now seek nomination, having purchased and submitted the nomination and expression of interest forms.
“I hereby formally tender my resignation from office, to pursue a gubernatorial electoral cause.”
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Meanwhile, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, former minister of Niger Delta affairs, said he had not and will not withdraw from the 2023 presidential race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a post sighted on his Facebook page by Legit.ng on Sunday, May 15, Akpabio said the rumour making the rounds that he has withdrawn from the presidential race "is indeed laughable".
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The former minister reiterated that he would not withdraw, boasting that he will win the ruling party's presidential ticket.
Akpabio also said the report by a newspaper that he obtained a senatorial nomination form is false.
Reacting to Akpabio's comment, a Nigerian identified as Ebri Samuel said:
"I would have taken your conviction to win the race serious but I remember how you promised to deliver Akwa Ibom to APC within the first 2 hours of voting in the last elections, am sure you still remember what the result was."