Zoning: Nigerian Governor Reinstates Aides Who Lost Political Bids

Zoning: Nigerian Governor Reinstates Aides Who Lost Political Bids

  • The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has ordered the reemployment of his aides who lost their political bidding due to the zoning controversy
  • Ortom in a statement issued by his chief press secretary disclosed that those whose positions were not replaced would enjoy the offer
  • The governor also clarified that he is not having any issue with the national chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, on Thursday, April 7, directed the reinstatement of political appointees who had resigned to contest elections but were not favoured by zoning.

The governor in a statement issued and made available in Makurdi by his chief press secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, seen by Legit.ng, said that only those whose positions were not replaced will enjoy the privilege.

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Some of the governor’s aides including commissioners had resigned their appointment to seek elective office since the end of September 2021 in line with the directive of the governor.

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Governor Ortom disclosed he has no issue with the new chairman of the PDP. Photo credit: Sokoto State Governor's Office
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Why they lost out

But with the zoning arrangements of the party coupled with the consensus options introduced by the state governor, many of the appointees had lost out.

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Speaking at a parley he had with all political appointees from the 14 local government areas of the state, Ortom said that:

“The gesture to reinstate the former aides who lost their bids for various elective political offices was to show my appreciation for their dedication in supporting and working for my administration since their appointment and supporting consensus arrangement in their various constituencies."

Ortom's rift with the PDP leader

The governor who used the occasion to clear the air on speculations about a rift between him and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, dismissed insinuations of any disagreement, saying those creating such false stories will be disappointed.

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In his words:

“I have no single problem with our national chairman, Senator Ayu, our leader, Senator David Mark, Senators Gabriel Suswam, Abba Moro, Orker Jev or any leader of the party. We are consulting with one another without rancour. So there is no truth whatsoever in such rumours.
“We are working together for the success of our party and there is nothing like division or rift whatsoever. There is nothing that will divide us.”

Ramadan fasting: Prominent PDP governor sends 1 major request to Nigerian Muslims

In another development, the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, had called on all Muslim faithful to pray for the restoration of peace, unity and security in Nigeria as they begin this year’s Ramadan fasting and prayer.

Ortom in a goodwill message sent to Legit.ng by his chief press secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur said that the challenges bedevilling the nation demand some level of spiritual intervention.

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Stating that Nigeria also needs prayers for her survival, Ortom said the security challenges experienced by the country are taking a toll on the society even as the 2023 general election approaches.

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Contrary to news reports, the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Governors Bala Mohammed and Aminu Tambuwal of Bauchi and Sokoto states are still in the contest for Nigeria's number one seat.

This was disclosed by the director-general of the Saraki Campaign Council on Wednesday, March 30.

Onaiwu said that some mischievous individuals planted the reports out of their desperation to clinch the presidential ticket in a deceitful manner.

Source: Legit.ng

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