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‘Your demand unconstitutional, no parallel govt here,’ Benue replies gov-elect’s team



The Benue State Government on Wednesday described as an aberration the demand for handover notes by the transition committee put in place by the Governor-elect, Hyacinth Alia.

Alia’s team had accused the transition committee put in place by Governor Samuel Ortom of delaying the presentation of handover notes ahead of the May 29 inauguration of the incoming administration in Benue.

The group in a statement demanded among others, “comprehensive handover notes covering the activities of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), including the debt profile and Benue’s state of finance in the last eight years.

However, in a statement issued in Makurdi, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Anthony Ijohor (SAN), said the state government would hand over power to the governor-elect and not the transition committee.

He added that Benue like other states in Nigeria does not have a parallel government.

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The statement read: “It must be stated in unequivocal terms that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria does not provide for a parallel government in any state. Governor Samuel Ortom remains the Governor of Benue State till May 29, 2023, and he is expected to hand over to the Governor-elect and not a transition committee. The demand made by the team of the Governor-elect is therefore unconstitutional and an aberration.

“The Benue State Transition Committee already held its inaugural meeting where it was agreed that Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies will subsequently brief the Committee.

“We expect the team of the incoming governor to cooperate with the outgoing administration for a smooth transition of power, instead of going to the press to raise unfounded alarms.”

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