- A report claimed Governor Bello of Kogi state asked his political appointees to submit a report of their ”stewardship” in the last election
- The aides were allegedly asked to include election results in their polling units and wards in the reports
- Governor Bello was declared the winner of the election, though the opposition PDP had vowed to challenge the election in court
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has allegedly asked all his political appointees to submit a report of their ”stewardship” in the just concluded governorship election in the state, a report by The Cable states.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Governor Bello as the winner of the election which was held on Saturday, November 16.
The newspaper, however, reports that a memo signed by Folashade Ayoade, the state’s Secretary to the State Government (SSG), instructed all heads of ministries, departments and agencies to submit a report detailing their ”stewardship”.
The memo states the appointees should "submit in details their stewardship to the New Direction administration in respect of their ministries."
“Report should include: local government;office (s) held; duration; ward; polling unit; result of election in PU and ward,” the memo reportedly stated.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Bello sacked some of his aides as he prepares to be sworn-in for his second term.
Most of the aides whose appointments were terminated are special advisers and special assistants. Some political office holders are, however, not affected.
The affected aides have been asked to hand over to the most senior civil servant in their ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
Meanwhile, the deputy governor of Kogi state, Edward Onoja, has criticized the reactions that greeted the termination of the aides’ appointment.
In a Twitter post on Monday, December 2, Onoja said: “It’s normal practice to wind down a tenure by dissolving the Team and Cabinet. It’s a global practice. Why is that of Kogi looking like life’s been lost?
“There will be reconstitution and it’s definitely not going to be by PDP Members or their hangers-on.”
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