Nasarawa Political crisis deepens as Six commissioners set to resign

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Six commissioners in the cabinet of Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State will today resigned their appointments amidst intense political and security challenges bedevilling the state.Al-Makura

The commissioners, who are aggrieved over Governor Al-Makura’s alleged disdain of them since their appointments over a year ago. @SavidNews gathered that the commissioners held a meeting with the governor yesterday at the Government House in Lafia where they voiced out their intention to quit his cabinet.

The commissioners resolved to quit than continue enduring humiliations. A source at the meeting revealed that after they had told him of their resolve, Al-Makura asked them to come by 10am yesterday in other to finalise the issue.

The source revealed that what the commissioners are now asking for is their severance package in other to move on with their lives. According to the source, those who are set to resign are Commissioners of Education, Sani Na-Hawa; Women Affairs, Eunice Kigbu; Information and Ethical Reorientation Hamza Elayo.

Others are Rural Development, Samuel Meshi; Environment, Muazu Adogi; and Justice and Attorney General, Innocent Lagi. The source maintained that Al-Makura had threatened that subsequent cabinet meetings will involve security agents as a means of checking excesses of commissioners.

One of the commissioners who had tendered his resignation few months ago, but was turned down by the governor, is now firm to leave the government. The commissioner who never minced words in saying that he is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart and not an All Progressive Congress (APC) member but was only serving the state, is said not to be comfortable with the lukewarm attitude of Governor Al-Makura.

Another source stated the commissioners thought it will be more profitable to take a bow out of Al-Makura’s administration before ruining their political carriers. The source also noted that the greatest problem they are faced with at all times is lack of trust from the system.

“The governor has always asked if some of the commissioners were receiving N500, 000 before their appointments. So, why do they want more? And so, you can imagine what the situation is with us.”

“Mind you, many of us want to contest elections because some of us have held elective positions before, and our political life is rather dwindling staying around as cabinet officials without anything to show, when you will have to go to the governor for even DTA,” the source added.