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Institute Seeks Disqualification of Niger Delta Ministry Serving Permanent Secretary Aspiring For Gombe Governorship


Contrary to circular issued by the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, warning civil servants not to participate in partisan politics while in service, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has immorally cleared the Permanent Secretary of the Niger Delta Ministry, Dr. Ardo Babayo Kumo to aspire for governorship in Gombe State in the forthcoming primary election.


With this development, the PDP may not be allowed to participate in the governorship election, or field any candidate in the election if he emerges as the party flagbearer.


Kumo joined the PDP on March 11, 2022, according to a membership register sighted by this Reporter with serial number 3910.


In a petition by Ethics and Corporate Compliance Institute of Nigeria signed by Abubakar Balarabe on 9th May, 2022, and sent to the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyiocha Ayu, titled “Petition Against The Clearance And Request For The Disqualification of Dr.Ardo Babayo Kumo-Aspirant For Office of Governor Gombe State”, the petitioner stated that Kumo cannot be validly nominated as the party’s flagbearer as he was yet to resign his appointment as Permanent Secretary as at the time he presented himself for screening and was subsequently issued a provisional clearance to contest the primary election.


The petition reads in part:” The Chaiman is invited to note that Dr. Ardo Babayo Kumo is a civil servant and currently the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of theNiger Delta.


‘Note also that the above notwithstanding, the said Dr. Ardo Babayo Kumo was issued with a provisional Certificate of Clearance to participate in the primary election for the selection of PDP candidate for the Gombe State Governorship elections.


“It is most pertinent for the party to observe that this may lead to the disqualification of the party and the candidate as he cannot be validly nominated being a civil servant as at the time of the issuance of the certificate of clearance.


For the avoidance of doubt, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation had by a Circular referenced HCSF/479/1\/19 dated 5th May 2022 clarified that Civil Servants SHALL not engage in partisan politics.


“Furthermore the civil service rules and the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 in the 5th schedule prohibit a public servant from engaging in partisan politics.


To buttress the above point Rule 030501 (g) of the public service rules prohibits public servants from engaging in partisan political activities.Further, rule 030422 provides that: No officer shall, without express permission of the Government, whether on duty or leave of absence ( a) hold any office, paid or unpaid, permanent or temporary, in any polltical organization; (b) offer himself/herself or nominate anyone else as a candidate for any elective public office including membership of a Local Government Council, State or National Assembly.(c) indicate publicly his support of or opposition to any party,Candidate or policy; (d) engage in canvassing in support of political candidates.”


“Despite this clear rule, Dr. Ardo Babayo Kumo was a member of the PDP as indicated in the attached membership register.


“This portends grave danger for the PDP as a person who is not qualified to be a member cannot be validly nominated by the party as a flagbearer in an election.


“Dr. Ardo Babayo Kumo a Civil Servant, who is bound by the Public Service Rules and who is currently the sitting Permanent Secretary of Niger Delta Ministry and is subject to the clear provisions of the 5th schedule to the Constitution.


“He cannot therefore be validly nominated as a party flag bearer,His participation in the primary elections may mar the exercise.In view of the above we request the immediate withdrawal of the clearance certificate issued to him and his exclusion from the process.”

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