Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has reinstated the all political appointees who resigned their positions to contest the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party but lost.
Similarly, all state civil servants who resigned their appointments to contest in the primaries but failed to clinch the party’s tickets have been reinstated.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor as making the proclamation during a meeting with all aspirants of the PDP in Yenagoa on Saturday.
However, the governor said the affected civil servants would start receiving salaries from the date of resumption in line with the civil service reforms introduced by his administration.
He stated that he was happy with the decision of all the aspirants who lost in the PDP primaries and remained in the party “without a single court case.”
Dickson described the aspirants of the PDP as some of the most loyal and dedicated members of the party for their steadfastness even after failing to pick the party’s tickets.
He said, “You did not go to other parties, not because you couldn’t. I know that the candidates from the other parties cannot match you but you have stayed back. In fact, you are the most loyal members of this party that I know. Loyalty must be tested and proved.
“I appreciate sincerely your sacrifices and loyalty. No human event can be perfect; if you are steadfast and you stay in a party, what comes around goes around. There is nobody here that has not held a party ticket or government appointment before. So, your attitude is commendable.
“All of you who were holding appointments in the government who did not make it are returned to their positions. I hereby direct the Chief of Staff to direct the treasury to pay them the months they lost. They should be fully restored to the pre-election period.
“Also, a few of you resigned from the civil service. Because it has not taken long, I will approve your return to the service. In line with the reforms, your salaries will start from the date of your return. You are paid only for the date you worked.”
The governor directed the state Chairman of the party, Mr Moses Cleopas, to involve all the aspirants who lost the primaries in the electoral campaigns.
Earlier, Cleopas commended the party members and the aspirants for the unity after the primaries.
He said there was no subsisting litigation after the primaries and commended the aspirants for their decision to work for the party.