From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
arely less than a week after the election of Niger East senatorial district, the state Governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has started whittling down the number of his Special Assistants, allegedly for not being able to deliver the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in their various units at the last poll.
It could be recalled that Governor Aliyu after a meeting with his party loyalists, gave the SAs a matching order before the just concluded zone B bye-election, for them to deliver the PDP in their areas or see themselves automatically sacked.
In line with his threat, the governor has commenced the process of relieving some of his aides by sacking about 178 coordinators and Political Mobilization Officers (PMOs), directing the Secretary to the State Government, Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki to stop the payment of their salaries and allowances henceforth, urging those who are still interested to however re-apply.
Investigations by our reporter revealed that the governor expressed his dismay over the failure of the party in most polling units despite the SAs presence all over the communities so as to make the present administration touch the lives of every community and in return have their votes in times of need but the reverse was the case in the last Niger east senatorial bye election in the state.
Aliyu told political appointees at a stakeholders meeting held in Government House Minna that politics is about delivery of dividends of democracy adding that people who are interested in holding appointments or running for elective offices must be people oriented.
“Iam pleased with the outcome of the bye-election but we must use the conduct and process as a wakeup call to all political appointees and elected politicians to always be grassroots based and dividends of democracy oriented.”
“We need politicians who are interested in giving their all to the people. We must therefore ensure that the grassroots is carried along at all times. We will no longer tolerate politicians who are only seen when there is election.”
The governor called on party members in the state to learn from the missed opportunities in the bye-election on account of dysfunctional relationship between members adding that the 2015 general election will be a lot more successful if party members harmonize interests rather that engaging in aimless rivalry.