Political appointees of the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, who are delegates to primary elections have been asked to resign their appointment latest April 11.
This was contained in a memo by the Office of the Deputy President of the Senate to all members of staff obtained on Tuesday.
The memo, which was signed by the Chief of Staff, Otive Igbuzor, was dated March 30 and titled, ‘Resignation of all political appointees’.
The memo read, “I write to draw the attention of all political appointees who are delegates to the State House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate, Governorship and Presidential Primary Elections, including those who are holding positions in the party, to please put in their resignation letters.
“This has become expedient as a result of the provisions of the recently amended Electoral Act. All resignation letters should get to the Office of the Deputy President of the Senate no later than April 11, 2022.
“Above is for the attention and prompt response of all concerned political appointees of the Deputy President of the Senate.”
Section 84(10) of the Electoral Act reads, “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”
However, elected officers including governors, deputy governors, the Vice-President and members of the National Assembly and the state legislature will be allowed to contest and participate in the primaries.