Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, is set to drop his predecessor’s men from his cabinet to this end he has cautioned his appointees against early politicking ahead of the 2023 elections, saying he would not hesitate to sack any of them found wanting .
This is coming at the heels a statement signed by some members of his cabinet endorsing the controversial zoning of political \positions in Bayelsa West Senatorial district currently being occupied by the former governor Seriake Dickson.
Some members who are loyal to the former governor Senator Seriake Dickson made their position public after some elders and youths said they are in support of zoning in the West Senatorial District.
It was gathered that some members of the government were beaten up by some persons who allegedly were sponsored by supporters of the erstwhile governor who is now a Senator.
A visibly angry governor Diri while, speaking before the commencement of the weekly state Executive Council meeting in Government House on Wednesday, frowned at the activities of some of his appointees, which he said were hitting up the polity ahead of the 2023 elections, stressing that it was too early for open politicking.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying despite people having the right to aspire to any political office, the time was not ripe for politicking.
Governor Diri reminded his appointees that the administration lost considerable time last year due to COVID-19 and needless litigations, stressing that it was in a hurry to deliver on its campaign promises and cannot afford to waste time politicking.
He wondered why appointees would be involved in open politicking when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had not even released a timetable for elections.
The state helmsman urged members of his cabinet interested in open politicking at this time, especially those from Bayelsa West Senatorial District, to resign or be ready to be sacked.
He called on all those involved in the early politicking to immediately withdraw and follow the directives of his administration, saying his government was not ready for politics at this time.
His words: “I find it very difficult to believe that appointees in this government have already started open politicking.
“Yes, it is the constitutional right of anybody to contest but even the Bible tells us that there is time for everything. At this time, we are trying to stamp our feet to meet up our campaign promises to our people.”
“I hereby caution all those involved to immediately withdraw. If you are prepared to continue with this government, you must listen to the music of this administration. We are not prepared to start politicking from this year.”
Governor Diri also swore in two new Special Advisers. They are Alabo Ozubide, Special Adviser, Legal Matters, and Onuma Johnson, Special Adviser on Non-Indigenes.
While congratulating them, he said their appointment was based on merit and in line with his campaign promises.
He charged them to avoid friction with commissioners but to cooperate with them to deliver development to people of the state.
“We promised that when elected, we would appoint a Special Adviser from among non-ndigenes. This appointment is in fulfillment of that promise. We believe that you will be able to synergise and gather non-ndigenes together.
“Often, we see role conflicts between special advisers and commissioners that duty bound to implement government policies. You as special advisers should cooperate with them,” he said.