From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has said that he was assembling highly experienced and brilliant minds for appointment as commissioners and special advisers in his second term in office.
Sule, who was reacting to insinuations in some quarters that he was deliberately postponing the appointment of commissioners and special advisers in anticipation of the decision of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, urged the people to disregard rumours, which were completely baseless.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Public Affairs, Comrade Peter Ahemba, the governor accused the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the state of misleading the public on the proceedings at the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.
“The public is already aware of the unrelenting propaganda by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, especially with regards to the ongoing proceedings of the Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal where the PDP is challenging the declaration of Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule of the ruling All Progressives Congress as winner of the March 18th Governorship Election in the state.
“The opposition party and its social media agents have been using propaganda on misleading publications, which they usually sponsor in some sections of the media at the end of every sitting of the Tribunal to gain public sympathy.
“It is however glaring that the people of Nasarawa State, who believe and appreciate the development strides recorded by the Engr. Sule administration in the last four years and his sustained commitment to consolidate on these achievements, have refused to be carried away by the media propaganda hence they have changed tactics.
“The new distractive strategy is on appointment of Commissioners and Special Advisers, which is strictly within the purview of the Governor to decide when, who and where to appoint members of the State Executive Council. Why taking Panadol for someone’s headache?,” he said.
The governor noted that the matter instituted at the Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal against him was not in any way a hindrance to appointments by the State Government, saying that the electorates have freely given their mandate to him through their votes during the last general election.
He, therefore, called on the people of the state to remain calm as he would soon send the list of commissioner nominees to the State House of Assembly for screening and possible confirmation as required by law as well as appoint special advisers.