Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has approved the appointment of fresh political aides.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Edo State Government is set to issue fresh appointment letters to over 1000 aides.
This latest move is seen as a political strategy to checkmate the rising popularity of the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The aides are expected to brace up the campaign of Governor Godwin Obaseki and help drive the PDP agenda.
The appointments were back-dated with the intention to cover 3 months of services by the political appointees.
The aides were placed on a monthly remuneration of 140 thousand naira and are expected to get 3 months salaries in arrears.
Already the fresh appointment is causing ripples among the PDP and Obaseki’s supporters.
Majority of the beneficiaries are alleged to be cronies, staff and friends of top party leaders.
A group within the PDP known as the PDP Youth Frontiers are already spoiling for war as they allege majority of the names on the list were not properly vetted and also contains a list of loyalist to the APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
They are spoiling for a showdown if Obaseki goes ahead to issue the appointment letters without putting them into the equation.
According to the group, some Obaseki and Philip Shaibu’s loyalist just filled the list with their girlfriends and domestic staff.
They say it is a clear situation of monkey dey work Baboon dey chop.
In a strongly worded letter sent to the PDP leadership in the State, the group called for caution on the part of the party leaders telling them that the sharing of the appointments should not be done on strictly party basis but should be given to the people based on merit.
They vowed to expose further the double standard of the PDP leaders if they go ahead with the list presently approved by Obaseki.
With barely a month to the Edo September election is it proper or morally right for Obaseki to issue fresh appointments to over 1000 aides?