NDDC AND WAILING GOVERNORS – HARDBALL

The Niger Delta Development Commission always makes news. When it is silent, it roars. When it roars, the roof comes down. When an ant enters, an earthquakes rumbles around the region. So, no wonder that when an appointment is made, some hail while others wail.

It is amazing that of all groups, it is a supposedly hefty group that is shedding tears and pleading over the new set of appointees, that include the well-known Bernard Okumagba as the managing director, Otobong Ndem as executive director projects and Maxwell Okoh as executive director finance and administration.

The governors that include Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Godwin Obaseki rose against the appointees. We can understand faceless groups like the Niger Delta Youth Council that gives its nod to the Buhari picks or the Western Ijaw Consultative Assembly that frowns against them.

But for governors? This is a first. One, it is a decision for the APC government. What is the business of the PDP governors to say who the APC governors appoint to a board. They had lost their chance during the last elections when the people gave the vote to the APC. When Goodluck Jonathan was in office, the PDP had the prerogative to pick who should lead the board or any board anywhere in the country. That is the democratic way.

It was amazing that the only APC governor in the midst of these dissenters, Obaseki, showed how out of sync he was with his party. He is a governor and that makes him a henchman, at least on paper, in the ruling party. If his influence failed, at least he should not join a band of anti-party howlers against his party head. That he has exposed his lack of grip on his party in his own region. It is a show of political naivety.

Now the governors spoke about consultations. The question is, who did they consult before making some of their key appointments into local governments, cabinets, and even agencies in their states. Governors are the last set of people in this democracy to mention the word consultation because they act as monarchs. Is it true that they are simply unhappy just as an APC spokesman, Ntufam Eta, described them as only interested in ensuring that their family members, cronies and stooges are appointed to strategic positions to the detriment of the generality of Nigerians”? the governors are not the only Nigerians who may be guilty of this, but it is bad that they have set up themselves for such charges.

The appointments have happened. They should live with it.

Culled from THE NATION

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