The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Edo State, Col Dr David Imuse (retd) has said that the delay by Governor Godwin Obaseki in announcing a cabinet more than three months after assumption of office is both unwarranted and unacceptable.
He said while some of the governor’s supporters were saying that he was busy searching for competent hands and bidding his time to avoid making mistakes, the State Chapter of the APC considered the excuse as inane and “only goes to portray an elected public servant with a strong desire to transform into a dictator.”
The APC Chairman in a press statement signed by Victor Ofure Osehobo, Assistant State Publicity Secretary, reminded the governor that when he 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.
He said this was the first week of March, and he had yet to make the announcement.
He said the Governor’s inaction had not only crippled government business but demonstrated that he was a man whose word was not his bond.
The statement read:
“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.”
The statement read further: “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.”
Col Imuse said, “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.”