Breach of Oath of Office: Lawyer writes Gov Emmanuel over illegal appointments


A legal luminary, Emmanuel Isangidoho Esq has written the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel over his breach of Oath of Office with regards to the numerous appointments so far made since assumption of Office.

Barr Isangidoho stated that the appointments on project monitoring breach the existing law on the Akwa Ibom Project Monitoring and Evaluation Commission Law, as established in Cap. 99 of the laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000.

The Founding member – Legal Initiative for Development Advocacy (LIDA) who highlighted the relevant sections of the law, observed that failing to abide by the existing law on creation of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Commission mars all appointments on projects monitoring, especially as beneficiaries were ‘unqualified’.

He noted that Governor Emmanuel’s predecessors may have been ignorant of the law which he admitted has great benefits for both the government and the appointees.

He said, “The knowledge and sincere application of this law could have been of great benefits to the government, its citizens and those appointed as SA’s in Project Monitoring.”

He insisted, “…appointment of government personnel for the monitoring of projects of government should be done in compliance with the statutory provisions of The Project Monitoring and Evaluation Commission Law of Akwa Ibom State, 2000.”

“The simple reason is that Your Excellency took an oath to preserve and abide by the constitution and Laws of the Land. Failure to do so, particularly, where there is a law for a doing of a thing amounts to breaching of the oath and the law”, he said.

He enjoined Governor Emmanuel to “constitute this very important commission, for all the benefits and advantages it carries.”

Read the copy of the memo here:

Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel recently announced a new series of Special Assistants up to 155, many of whom were on Project Monitoring.

Although we could not get a full list of the governor’s SA’s on Project Monitoring, a reliable official of government who said such list is yet to be finally drawn as appointments were still ongoing, maintained that there were no fewer than 120 SA’s to the Governor on Project Monitoring.


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