Ahead of the 2023 general election, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has warned his political appointees, numbering over 200, to be loyal to his administration, as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC) or resign their appointment.
Engineer Sule handed down the warning during a meeting with all his political appointees, at the Government House, on Monday.
According to the Governor, though he has no intention of firing anyone, he however called on the affected appointees to change their ways and be loyal to his administration or quit.
He decried the level of acrimony existing between different levels and cadre of the political appointees, pointing out that it has become necessary to call for the meeting because his administration will no longer tolerate a situation where appointees will be working at crossroads with each other.
“I don’t want to fire anybody. I believe that it’s important first to ask people out of respect, to either change their ways to be loyal to the government or quit the government,” the Governor said.
Engineer Sule explained that, it has become obvious, some of the political appointees don’t see themselves as part of the administration, giving their loyalty others outside of the government.
“What a reasonable and honourable person will do, if I am not loyal to somebody, I have no business working for that person. If you don’t think your loyalty is to the government, please be a human being and resign,” he directed.
The Governor used the opportunity of the meeting to touch on other critical issues pertaining to the party, the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate, Senator Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, as well as the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
On the decision to shift power to the South, he disclosed that, some Northern governors stood up against earlier moves to produce a northerner as presidential candidate of the APC, after they sought the opinion of President Muhammadu Buhari, as the leader of the party, who said he was only interested in a democratic process that will produce an acceptable candidate.
“As governors, they were not carried along that the Northern part of the country is trying to present a candidate who is going to be the presidential candidate.
“And we said, we were not carried along. A few of the governors got together and say it’s time for us to speak up. So that we will not be taken for granted. We said let’s go and speak to our leader of the party, because Mr. President is the leader of the party, he is somebody we respect. Sometimes he will say certain things, even if we don’t like it, because he is the leader and that’s what he wants, we follow,” Engineer Sule said.
He pointed out that, these Northern governors defended their position because they wanted to save the North, as according to them, after contesting for the seat of the president three times, President Muhammadu Buhari only got elected into office after the South entered into alliance with the North.
“We don’t want the Northern part of the country to be seen as people who don’t keep promises. We want to protect the image of the North. We want the North to be seen as a region that can make sacrifices also for the other parts of the country. And we believe in fairness. And we believe this position should rotate to the South, irrespective of who emerges. Let the people in the South be democratic,” he said.
The Governor denied that any of his colleagues from the North was given money to support the zoning of the presidential ticket of the APC to the South.
He added that, even though not everyone was in support of Tinubu’s candidature from the beginning, which saw to the plethora of other presidential aspirants, however, as soon as Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu emerged as the presidential candidate of the party, everybody is now working for Tinubu as a family.
Commenting on the fallout of the recently concluded party primary elections, the Governor said his administration has set in motion machinery to reconcile aggrieved members of the party, just as he assured that at the national level, efforts are being put in place to appease members of the party who felt hurt by the outcome of the exercise across the country.
Engineer Sule equally charged his political appointees towards ensuring they mobilise the voters in their various communities to take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and to register massively.
“Majority of you have not even gone to your communities to ensure that this CVR is carried out. It’s left in the hands of very few people working hard to do it. Where are you going to get the voters if you are not doing CVR?” he queried.
On the approaching political campaigns before the general election, the Governor announced that a committee will go round to produce a strategy that will be made available to the appointees to be employed in ensuring victory for the presidential candidate of the party, Engineer Sule, as well as all other candidates of the party.