Monday, 1 June 2015

Benue Politicians Anxious Over Delay In Appointments

Barely 48 hours after the inauguration of Benue State governor Samuel Ortom, politicians in the state are anxious over the seeming delay in the announcement of new appointments by the governor.

The politicians, including bigwig members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and that of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that recently defected to the new governing party, are engaged in consultation and lobbying to gain the various political appointments in the new administration of Governor Ortom.

But Ortom has said that appointments into his cabinet would strictly be made according to excellence and competence, not by political association, lobbying or nomination from political godfathers.

He promised to put round pegs in round holes in order to achieve the desired result of good governance.

Politicians, especially those who worked for the party from the outset, when it was Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) before its merger with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) to form APC, eagerly expect to be appointed commissioners or special advisers.

A chieftain of the APC who spoke to LEADERSHIP on condition of anonymity said: “We are still waiting for the appointments but we believe that it is quite due, more so that inauguration has been done. The new governor should quickly announce the names of those that would form his administration.”

However, Ortom has decorated the former ADC to ex-governor Gabriel Suswam, SP Orlu Dickson Pawa, as his chief security officer (CSO). Pawa was sacked by Suswam at the tail-end of the administration over allegations that he was a supporter of Ortom, then a governorship candidate of a rival political party.

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