Dickson to Appoint More Aides Despite Criticisms

Governor Seriake Dickson has asked party local government caucuses in the state to nominate women that he will appoint next week as special advisers.

In a statement in Yenagoa on Thursday, the Chief Press Secretaryto the Governor, Fidelis Soriwei, said the women will come from “areas wherethey have not been considered for appointment.”

The call for nominations came on the day that criticisms greeted the appointment of 60 special advisers by the governor, a few months to the end of his second and final tenure as governor.

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Seriake Dickson

The governor had said that theappointments were done to enable him finish strong.

He, however, lamented the defection of many of his appointees who were joining the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the November 16 governorship election in the state.

“The government and the party (PeoplesDemocratic Party) deplore the ungrateful and unpatriotic attitude of a fewappointees who have been sustained and recognized in the midst of far morequalified persons for over seven years but are falling prey to the antics ofthe APC which is inducing party members with money and fake promises,” Soriweisaid.

He regretted that those that were leaving the party failed to appreciate the fact that they were appointed in place of better-qualified people that were ready and willing to work.

Soriwei however, said that the departureof the disgruntled aides of the governor was a relief to the government thatwould now “give the deserved recognitions and appointments to members who arewilling to work in the interest of the party, and the good people of thestate.”

The governor has appointed a record3,000 special aides since he came into office almost eight years ago.

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