by Oke Efagene
Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, has informed commissioners and permanent secretaries in the state seeking the ticket for next year’s gubernatorial elections, to either resign or get sacked by the end of this month.
The governor gave the directive yesterday, in Makurdi, during an emergency meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants.
It is believed that some commissioners, special advisers and permanent secretaries in the state are interested in the race and are already campaigning for the ticket.
According to The Nation report:
A source at the closed door meeting said the governor expressed disappointment at the manner some commissioners, serving permanent secretaries and other civil servants were openly campaigning for the governorship position while still in service.
The source said: “The governor, who was visibly angry with those concerned, told them that they were undermining his administration and the oath of office they swore to, by their acts.
“He told them that President Goodluck Jonathan was also not happy with the development in Benue State when it was brought to his attention. He warned the affected persons to either vacate their current positions by the end of January or be sacked.
In his response, the National President of the Agricultural and Allied Employees’ Union of Nigeria (AAEUN) and the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Simon Anchaver, said that the directive of the governor was timely and in good conscience.
Anchaver, who is also a governorship aspirant, alleged that “some of the appointees were using government funds to finance their campaigns which is repugnant to electoral rules and regulations.”