By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” Benue State Governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, has directed all political appointees serving in his administration wishes to contest in the forthcoming 2011 elections to resign their appointments on or before the end of this month to realise their ambition.
Suswam gave the directive, weekend, in Makurdi at a meeting he held with People’s Democratic Party, PDP, leadership in the state, local government executive committees and the partyâ€™s caucuses in the 23 councils.
He explained that he gave the directive following the release of the 2011 election timetable by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Governor urged the public officials to resign so as to comply with the provisions that require public officials to resign their positions one month before the commencement of party primaries which are billed to take place in the first week of May 2010.
Similarly Suswam also directed all caucus chairmen at the local government level as well as members of the state caucus who may also wish to contest the elections to resign their positions at end of the month.
He appealed to the caucuses to ensure that all stakeholders were involved in meetings at which zoning arrangements for elective positions are held in order to give all interests an equal opportunity.
He emphasized that in as much as the principles of equity and fair play must be strictly adhered to in the entire process, the zoning arrangement of the party would not be jettisoned for whatever reason.
On the 11 state constituencies which INEC had said were restored in the state, the Governor maintained that the issue was before the National Assembly and urged those interested in contesting elections into the positions to prevail on their members in the Assembly to expedite action on theÂ law.
He advised members of the party to acquaint themselves with provisions of the new party constitution on which the partyâ€™s guidelines for the primaries would be based.