The Okun Renewed Group (ORG) has berated individuals under the name ‘Concerned Citizen for True Democracy’ who criticised the reappointment of Dr Folashade Ayoadethe as Secretary to the Kogi State Government because she is from the Yagba axis if Kogi west.
Concerned Citizen for True Democracy had while criticising the reappointment of Folashade as SSG said it was wrong for a SSG to be appointed from the Yagba axis instead of the Kabba axis in the same Kogi West senatorial district.
However, ORG in a statement issued by its President on Tuesday, described the call as unfair, selfish, baseless, divisive and unnecessary diversion for a barely one-month-old government of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo, given the balance of political positions in the state and senatorial district.
The group said it is the prerogative of the governor to appoint whoever he deems fit for the position of SSG.
“The governor is not obligated to base his decision on the opinions of any group or individual and should be allowed to make the best decision for the state.
“In this regard, we believe the governor has appointed a brilliant, prepared, focused and result-oriented SSG in the person of Dr Mrs Folashade Ayoade,” it said .
The group argued that claim that Kabba should be given the SSG position because of its role in the last election is not logical was misconstrued.
” The ultimate qualifications for this position are the call to duty and service delivery. This position requires technical skills, intellectual capacity, and administrative prowess, which Dr. Ayoade possessed. This helped to hold the centre together when her service was most desirable.
” Her demonstration of hard work and dedication laced with integrity and loyalty is what earned her lots of commendations from her former principal, which resulted in her re-appointment as the first-timer female SSG in Nigeria and not for political and parochial reasons or reward for mediocrity and sycophancy.”
It said the group’s statement that ‘Kabba people will always pay back if the right thing is done or not’ is disturbing and sounds too undemocratic.
“Our concern is for Okun’s sons or daughters to get good positions. It is needless to draw too a thick line between a Yagba person and a Kabba person in the sharing of political positions,” it said
It described the allegations as unfair and capable of destroying the unity and bond intended by inclusivity and participatory democracy engendered by the administrations of the immediate past governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and Gov Ahmed Usman Ododo.
“Finally, we would like to conclude that it is essential to remember that all citizens of Kogi state are equal and have equal rights to participate in government.
“Our advice to Ododo would be to remember that he was elected to serve all citizens of the state, regardless of their background or ethnicity.
“He must ensure that all citizens are treated fairly. And have the opportunity to participate in government. This includes appointing qualified individuals to positions of responsibility, regardless of their community of origin. In this way, he can build a strong and united Kogi state where all citizens can enjoy the benefits of development and progress,” the statement read.