Friday, August 03, 2007
Evan(s) Enwerem (72) is dead
Former Senate President, and former Governor of Imo State, Chief Evan Enwerem, is dead. He was pronounced dead at the National Hospital, Abuja today. The cause of death was not immediately released as the time of going to press.
Efforts by Pointblanknews.com to ascertain cause of death for the former Imo State Governor was not successful as Doctors were said to be working on his autopsy report.
Enwerem was the first Senate President in the political dispensation, sequel to the return of the military oligarchy to the barracks signified by the May 29 handover date. He was the sixth since independence. He benefited from the scheme of the Olusegun Obasanjo led executive to make lame and gag federal lawmakers, which in Mr. President’s thinking would avoid any opposition from that quarter which would hamper government business. He was preferred in the in-house election that determined who occupied the office over and above the man bookmakers had positioned for the favor – Dr. Chuba Okadigbo.
Before he became Senate President and even thereafter, Enwerem has never been a household name. He was not a political neophyte, either. A former governor of Imo State, he had similarly proved bookmakers wrong when on the platform of defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) he defeated a better known candidate of the rival Social Democratic Party (SDP), Dr. Ezekiel Izuogu.
Enwerem as Senate President was docile. He was evidently a protégé of Obasanjo. He found it difficult to win the respect of the majority of his fellow senators. It has been alleged that Obasanjo bribed senators from the then All Peoples Party (APP) and the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to support Enwerem and outnumber the clique of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that wanted and worked for Okadigbo to be enthroned. No one has thus far come out to refute the allegation.