The Principal Special Assistant to the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Culture and Tourism, Tahav Agerzua, on Wednesday resigned his appointment.
Agerzua was the Special Adviser to Ortom on Media and ICT from 2015 to 2019 and was later re-appointed as Principal Special Assistant, the post he held before his resignation.
His resignation may not be unconnected with political wrangling going on ahead of the 2023 governorship election.
Agerzua is a director of media for the Terwase Orbunde 2023 governorship campaign.
Ironically, Terwase Orbunde, who was the Chief of Staff to Ortom, parted ways with the governor when the consensus arrangement of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state did not favour him.
In a letter dated May 4, 2022, addressed to the Secretary to the State Government, Agerzua said the recent political development in the state informed his resignation.
It reads in part, “May I refer to your letter reference number S/CAB/SSG/BS/A/9/X11/302 dated September 16, 2019, conveying my appointment as Principal Special Assistant to the Governor on Culture and Tourism with effect from September 13, 2019.
Following recent political developments in the state, may I inform you that I have resigned from the appointment conveyed above with effect from today, Wednesday, May 4, 2022
The resignation became necessary for me to be able to fully exercise my fundamental human rights of freedom of association and that of expression as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.
“Please convey to Governor Samuel Ortom my profound appreciation for the privilege he gave me to serve in his administration.”