By Wole Mosadomi
Minna — Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has asked his commissioners and other public officer holders nursing political ambitions in 2015 to resign their positions by April or face being sacked from government.
Sources said that Aliyu gave the directive following the open involvement of the public office holders in partisan politics to the detriment of their official assignments.
It was learnt that the governor gave the directive during last week’s State Executive Council, SEC, meeting at Government House.
Vanguard reliably gathered that although the governor was not against any of his officers or aides aspiring for political offices in the next political dispensation, he was however, totally
against those who fail to perform their primary assignments due to politics, even when the whistle for politicking was yet to be blown.
Among the public officers allegedly eyeing political offices were said to include the state Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Mu’azu Mohammed Bawa; the Head of Service, Alhaji Abbas Bello; Chief of Staff, Mr. Joshua Bawa; Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Idris Kpaki Saidu, and the Deputy Chief of Staff, Alhaji Mohammed Saba.
The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto, said to be eyeing the governorship seat is not, however, affected by the directive as he was constitutionally protected.
Works Commissioner, Bawa, is reportedly angling for the governorship slot along with the deputy governor, Alhaji Ibeto, while others were eyeing the National Assembly seats from their various districts or constituencies.
The ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, had zoned the governorship seat to Zone C where the deputy governor and the commissioner hail from.