Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State, has urged his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), not to interfere with his appointment of commissioners and members of the state executive council.
Governor Ortom made the call at a meeting of PDP caucus held at the new Banquet Hall of the Government House, Makurdi, the state capital.
According to the governor, he is solely responsible for either the success or failure of his cabinet and should, therefore, be given a free hand to run his administration.
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He also handed down a warning to potential cabinet appointees, saying that he will dismiss any individual found culpable of being negligent on duty.
Governor Ortom said, “Now, I do not have any godfather, so I should be allowed to constitute my Executive Council. I should be held responsible for any failure. I can not allow myself to be messed up. Those who will make my cabinet must be ready to work because I will not tolerate any redundancy.
“They should know that it is a call to service of the people and not to enrich themselves. I can sack any commissioner. Even the day after the appointment if you fail to do my bidding. In the end, I will be the one to bear the brunt.”
Governor Ortom also announced that his cabinet will be made up of 15 commissioners drawn from the three senatorial zones of the state.
He added that other aides would also be appointed from all the local government areas of the state.
“I will also appoint 23 Special Advisers, one from each Local Government Area, who will be party men and will be under strict supervision by me as well as two Senior Special Assistant and Special Assistant from each Local Government Area”, Ortom said.