The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the delay by Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki portrays an elected public servant with a strong desire to transform into a dictator.
Governor Obaseki was sworn-in for a second term in office on November 12, 2020, following his victory in the September 19, 2020 Governorship election in Edo State.
In a statement by the Assistant State Publicity Secretary,
Edo APC, Victor Ofure Osehobo, stressed that it is unacceptable the Government is yet to have a Cabinet, three months after assumption of office.
According to the party said “while some of the governor’s supporters say he is busy searching for competent hands and bidding his time to avoid making mistakes, adding that the excuse is inane and only goes to portray an elected public servant with a strong desire to transform into a dictator”.
The APC Chairman recalled when he (Obaseki) announced the appointment of the Secretary to the State Government on November 16, 2020, he promised to make all other appointments in the first week of February, 2021.
Imuse said this is the First week of March, the Governor’s inaction has not only crippled government business but demonstrated that he is a man whose word is not his bond.
“Edo state can ill-afford further delay by the Governor to make these vital appointments. Section 192 of the Nigerian Constitution, as amended is clear on the issue of State Commissioners, and permanent secretaries cannot do much as they look up to Commissioners, for direction on policy issues.
“The section gives the Governor a Public mandate rather than private, to appoint commissioners to form not just the state’s executive council, but also the think tank for the development of the state’s economy and well being of the people.
“Right now the day to day operations of the different State ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), have come to a halt, while the coordination of important government businesses has become weaker with the unnecessary overload on the Secretary to State Government”.
According to APC: “Since the Governor assumed office in November last year, over 100 days ago, with his disabled State Assembly, using permanent secretaries as acting heads of ministries whose capacities are limited, he has more or less turned a sole Administrator”.
Imuse further appealed to, “Edo people are very disappointed by this attitude that this is 100 days after his assumption of office, for a second term, meaning he is not a first timer. The truth is that Edo people are tired of these excuses. He should act fast and in the public interest”.