In this latest write up by Uche Aguoru, he exposed Governor Okezie Ikpeazu commissioners and aides who have refused to resign despite picking nomination forms and campaigning openly for political positions are aspiring for.

It is important to remind our readers that few weeks ago, Gov. Ikpeazu ordered all his aides who intend to via for any political offices to resign immediately, but most of them have refused to comply with the instruction. READ FULL ARTICLE BY UCHE AGUORU. 



By Uche Aguoru

Throttling very close to the PDP 2019 primary elections, aspirants in their usual idiosyncrasy have begun a round of impunity and disrespect for laid down rules and guide lines that will either keep those who eventually won the elections under their umbrella in court for a long time or deny them the opportunity of coming out victorious at different levels in the coming elections.

While the PDP 2018 ELECTORAL GUIDE LINES unambiguously directed in number 5 of the article that the “Last date for resignation of public/civil servant/political appointees/party officers intending to contest the 2019 election should resign 7 days before purchase of nomination forms” almost all the political appointees which includes Commissioners and Heads of agencies/parastatals have not tendered their resignation or handed their ministries or agencies over to the next in rank in their individual ministries and agencies as ordered by the public service law.

While party officers in the likes of Sir Don Ubani, the PDP publicity secretary, Barrister Jerry Uzosike, PDP Financial Secretary and Chief P.C Onyegbu Abia PDP deputy Chairman have all complied to the guideline and handed over their offices to their deputies or next in rank, their counterparts in the ministries, Agencies and parastatals have refused to comply.

Those affected are ministry of education under Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji as commissioner, ministry of agriculture under Hon. Uzo Azubuike as Commissioner, Ministry Of transport under Barrister Chinedum Elechi, General Manager Abia State Passengers Integrated Manifest and Safety Scheme ASPIMSS, Chief Kingsley Onyemaechi Megwara, and Chairman Abia Warriors Football Club, High Chief, Pastor Emeka Inyama.

I am tempted to believe that these government appointees have already weighed the consequences of their decision and on their own volition choose to seek for elective positions. They no longer require any prompting to resign and hand over immediately so as to face their new choice, except as they continue to tell whoever that cares that they have the express acquiescence of the governor to “eat their cake and still have it.”

These aspirants who go about deceiving people that they have resigned as heads of their ministries and agencies have not officially handed over their resignation letter to the secretary to the state government (SSG) and have refused to hand over the running of such offices to their next in rank as stipulated by public service law, my worry is that, this is deceitful, selfish and fraudulent and a criminal manipulation of public perception, they deceptively withdrew from physical and formal exercise of authority while still controlling and running the finances and administration of their ministries, agencies and parastatals through compromised proxies and unconventional sources.

Governor Ikpeazu’s indifference towards his appointees who have refused to formally resign and hand over despite his announcement, directing public officers and appointees who are nursing political ambition to resign, also encourages this illegality and fraud, this on its own, is corruption and its capable of diminishing the electoral gains of the PDP if eventually such people gets their party’s tickets, it will also lead to protracted litigation that will keep such constituencies in court even after election.

Some of the affected aspirants have been using monies meant for staff salaries and the running of those ministries and agencies to fund their campaign thereby shortchanging the entire state and running down the affected ministries and agencies.

This is fraud and it should be discouraged, Abia state government and the PDP must learn to do things aright, corruption must be disinclined, we cannot sacrifice the business of governance on the altar of relationship while ministries, agencies and their staff suffer neglect.

I want to appeal to the governor, if indeed he is not in league with those who intentionally flout the directives and disregard his instructions, to as a matter of urgency enforce the immediate resignation and hand over of the Ministries of Education, Transport, Agriculture and ASPIMSS to those who are supposed to oversee their affairs while they continue to face their political aspirations, the government can no longer continue to turn blind eye to this practice while the public suffers.

Writes from Umuahia

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