Actress Mercy Johnson’s appointment as well as that of 63 other people by the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, seems to be shaky as the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) National Youth Frontier (NYF) has spoken up in condemnation of the appointees (including the actress), advising them to reject the offer.
The group described the appointees as “political jobbers, hangers on, marauders,” who have nothing to offer the state.
The group made their stance known in a statement sent to media houses on Wednesday, March 15 by its National Coordinator, Usman Austin Okai, saying the appointments were irrational, uncoordinated, a waste of public funds, a and wanton disservice to the state.
The statement read in part:
“The appointees of Governor Yahaya Bello are political jobbers, hanger ons, and marauders; who have constituted themselves as nuisance to the government with nothing to offer to drive the regime.
“Asides the governor appointing the largest retinue of aides in the North central zone of the country, at the expense of payment of workers’ salaries and pensions, the new appointees have little knowledge or nothing to contribute to oil the wheel of governance in the state.
“With over 30 Special Advisers (SAs), 90 Senior Special Assistants (SSAs), and an unspecified numbers of Special Assistants; the recent addition of 63 aides is outrageous.
“It is particularly condemnable to attract Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson into Kogi governance just for the sake of settling personal scores. The state cannot afford to comfortably pay N350, 000 monthly to an artist based in Lagos.
“We advise Mercy Johnson and others to turn down their appointments.”
Meanwhile, reacting to her appointment, Mercy Johnson accepted and appreciated the offer through her Instagram page.
“I am gratified with the official notification reaching me on my appointment as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Kogi state on entertainment, arts and culture.
“I am humbled, as I duly acknowledge this attending responsibility to serve my great state with the modest experience I have gathered over the years.
“With a depth of gratitude, I want to thank the governor of Kogi state; His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and his wife, the first lady of Kogi state, Her Excellency Mrs. Rashida Bello for this unparallel opportunity to serve.”
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Celebrating Mercy Johnson’s appointment, some of her colleagues including Tonto Dikeh, Lilian Esoro and Yul Edochie, have congratulated the actress on her latest achievement.