Benue State governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam has given Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries eyeing the ticket for 2015 governorship elections in the state up to the end of January to resign or get sacked.
The governor gave the directive in Makurdi, the state capital on Friday at an emergency meeting with PDP governorship aspirants.
It was learnt that some commissioners, special advisers and permanent secretaries in the state have made no secret of their intention to succeed Suswam next year and are already campaigning for the ticket.
A source privy to the meeting which held behind closed doors, 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” the source, who craved anonymity added.
In his response to the directive, 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, hailed the governor’s decision as 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 campaign which is repugnant to electoral rules and regulations”.