Senator Enang dares Akwa Ibom govt. over planned demolition of Buhari’s campaign office
Senator Ita Enang, The senior special assistant to the President on National Assembly matters has written to the Akwa Ibom state government over planned demolition of a building belonging to the Buhari Support Groups (BSG).
The letter, which was posted to Senator Enang’s social media pages was directed to the the executive chairman of the Uyo Capital City Development Authority. Senator Enang challenged the government to provide evidence that the said building was causing a menace and the group would make necessary amends or the state government should leave it be.
The senator also declared in the letter which was written on Friday, April 27 that the BSG would not take down President Muhammadu Buhari’s posters and APC paraphenalia on the building if no proof of wrongdoing was provided.
The letter read in part: “On Thursday, April 26,2018 , we saw a letter dated 20th day of April,2018 and pasted at the fence of our leased property, being 23 wellington Bassey way, Uyo entitled ”Notice of security breach etc.”
“(a) The said property, built from 1984, put to use from 1988 till date has not in any manner breached any security of either the Governor’s office, residence or the judiciary headquarters.
“b) That there is no law in Akwa lbom State or provision of Uyo Capital City Development Authority law prohibiting the use of this building for our purposes.
“c) That Policies, even in its most raw form, still has finesse and the law is supreme in course thereof, and Akwa lbom state Government should exhibit same in this matter, and others. The constitution is supreme.
“d) That the branding of the building, display of President Buhari’s posters and campaign materials has not violated any known law or regulation of Akwa lbom State or Nigeria and if any, please cite same and draw attention, we will abide.
“e) And that being so we will NOT remove the pictures and branding materials of President Buhari,The APC nor abandon the building for any reason.”
Less than three days after the campaign office of President Buhari in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital was opened, the state government has reportedly marked the building housing the office for demolition, triggering political tension.
The four-storey building on Wellington Bassey Way, christened “Hill Top Mansion”, is not far from the Government House.
Reports claimed the state government has been uncomfortable with the closeness of the campaign office to the Government House which informed the decision to pull it down.
The office building is the only structure designated on the road for demolition by the Uyo Capital City Development Agency, UCCDA, an agency of the state government.
The government was saying to be also planning to revoke the building’s Certificate of Occupancy before proceeding on the demolition.
Mr Enobong Uwah said that the building had been marked for demolition before now.
Uwah, a former Commissioner for Environment, explained that the owners of the building were required to furnish the authority with the Certificate of Occupancy and other relevant papers concerning it, adding that other buildings in the capital city that did not meet the requirements of government were also marked.