Rivers State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has said that unguarded utterances and unnecessary worry being expressed by the All Progressives Congress, APC about the recent compulsory retirement of 14 Permanent Secretaries of the state civil service by the state government confirms, that some civil servants are indulging in partisan politics against the civil service rule prohibiting such.
“But most pointedly, the APC by its unwarranted criticism of the action of government to streamline the number of such Permanent Secretaries, to avoid redundancy, and the unfounded allegation that the retirement was vindictively aimed at witch-hunting the supporters and allies of former governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, clearly shows that the affected Permanent Secretaries were indeed, politicians and card carrying members of the APC, who were only using the civil service as a cover,” was the observation of the party chairman.
Berating the APC yesterday, the PDP chairman, Brother Felix Obua commended the vision and the hindsight of the Governor Nyesom Wike, in indicating and fishing out those politicians, feigning to be civil servants, so that they would not continue to act as a ‘cog’ in the wheel of Rivers progress.
According to Bother Obuah, “the PDP believes that any action necessary, including the suspension or retirement of any individual or group of individuals, constituting obstruction to the quick recovery of the state’s economy or effective governance, is acceptable to the party and good for the people.
“It is not in doubt that the immediate past administration led by Rotimi Amaechi, politicised every agency of government and coerced most of the staff into partisan politics, to retain their offices and positions, which ought not to be. To allow the anomaly to persist is to legitimise a bad tradition and kill the civil service. You are either in service or in active politics, you cannot be here and there, at the same time. That is the rule.”
He argued that, if the allegation of the APC that the sacked Permanent Secretaries were their members, then Governor Wike was right, and should be applauded for sanitising the civil service, which is the heart of government, and should not be politicised.