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OPINION : Owan Enoh's guber ambition, dead on arrival By Angela Egom

Sen. John Owan Enoh

Senator John Owan Enoh is currently representing Cross River Central Senatorial District in the Senate.

He is a very good example of a  political 'meanderer'. He has been a member of APP,  PDP and now APC.

Within this sojourn, he has been  Minority Leader, House of Assembly, Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation and now Chairman Senate Committee on Finance.

On the scale of Nigerian politics, you could say that the Senator has had a juicy political sojourn with opportunities that have given him holes to amass wealth.

In Nigeria, it is expected that men who have amassed such wealth as Owan boasts of and the 'cult following' he also brags about, once he calls for a gathering as important as a Governorship Declaration, the Creme-de-la-Creme of his party, at least, will troop out to identify with him.

Wednesday 5 September 2018, when Senator Owan Enoh, declared to run for Cross River governor in Ikom, there was a pitiable high table that told a million chapters, of the fate of his inordinate ambition.

At the party level;

The State Chairman of the party, Mr. Mathew Achigbe, was absent.

State Secretary of the party, Bishop Victor Ebong was absent.

Most State Executive Committee members of the party were absent.

Leader of the party in the state and former governor of Cross River state, Chief Clement Ebri was also absent.

National Vice Chairman South South of the APC, Ntufam Hilliard Eta was absent.

Former Senate Leader and NDDC Board Chairman, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba SAN, was absent.

Senator Bassey Otu was absent.

Senator Ita Giwa was absent.

Prince Jedy Agba was absent.

Hon. Paul Adah was absent.

Mr. Odey Ochicha, was absent.

Even Barrister Venatius Ikem, who appears to be very bitter with Governor Ayade, was absent.

Paramount Rulers who usually come to solidarize with such events, also stayed away unless the ones in Owan Enoh's domain.

The crowd as usual wasn't anything different from the much he has always done, around his domain.

This should ordinarily be a clear sign on the wall for Owan to see that he is setting out on a journey that will hang his political career in the guillotine, but on the contrary, the man is drowning in the depths of his misguided ambition.

For clarity sake and for self evidence, zoning the governorship of Cross River state to the Northern Senatorial district in 2015, was a culmination of decades of agitation by the Northern people to also be allowed to lead the State, after the South and Central (where Owan is from), have had their shots.

The callousness and impudence with which Owan Enoh is going about, trying to usurp the progress we have made in this direction is not only provocative, but also very tendentious.

Zoning is primarily what got Owan to where he is politically. Why does he feel he can stand zoning on the head and succeed? Who is fooling him from behind?

Even away from zoning to know-how, Senator Owan Enoh and Governor Ben Ayade are not a match, anywhere, anytime.

Let me put this in clear perspective;

the main duty of a legislator is lawmaking.

Any legislator that fails in this task is incompetent.

In his first term of representing Cross River state Central Senatorial district, in the upper legislative chambers, Owan Enoh can only boast of six bills, with only two scaling second reading.

In contrast, while Senator Ben Ayade represented the Northern Senatorial District in the 7th Senate, in his corresponding first term, he emerged the senator with the highest number of bills, with 45 bills sponsored and passed at the end of the 7th Senate.

Bills that were not only well researched but also impactful.

This number of bills was not just the highest in the 7th Senate but also all time highest for a first term senator in the history of the Nigerian Senate.

His competence did not end with his law making prowess but was also clearly demonstrated in his oversight functions as Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and his constituency projects and initiatives including, public transportation initiatives, food bank project and scholarships which are well documented.

I will do well to tell Owan Enoh that the task of governance is not child's play.

Political patronage and handing out pittance to a few constituents will not suffice in delivering dividends of democracy and driving development amidst challenging financial outlay, at the level of governing a state.

The conspicous message from the massive boycott of his declaration by his party officials and chieftains should also tell him clearly that the lines are not falling in pleasant places for him and the earlier he retraces his steps, the better for him.
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