Even as the 2023 general elections approaches, the Support Group for the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr Bashir Jamoh has surfaced online.
Dr Jamoh had in January 2022 during a press conference at NIMASA headquarters in Lagos hinted of his interest to run for Governorship of Kaduna State.
The “Dr Bashir Jamoh Support Group” was noted online, positioning the NIMASA DG, and projecting his impeccable academic qualifications online.
Meanwhile the post has been greeted with criticism and comments on a social media platform monitored by DAILY TREND NEWS.
One of them comments from, Orih Sunday stated that “We want NIMASA that works, not profile”
Another comment from Oscar Wale said “All this is not what we need, its just a paper ”
While fielding questions asked about his political ambition, Jamoh said in January that he had been called by his people to serve them at the state level.
“I love the maritime industry. I have a great passion for it and I can work in it for the rest of my life, but my people want me to serve them at the state level. I will not fail them. It would be unfair to do that so I will avail them of my services at the state.
“If they also want me to serve them at the federal level, I will also not disappoint them; I will go and serve them. So, it is not only about what I want for myself but what my people want me to do for them,” he said
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) updated the schedule of activities for the general election, giving political parties between April 4 and June 3, 2022 to conduct primaries
INEC in Section 84(12) of the newly signed Electoral Amendment Act has also said that “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election,”
The implication of this, is that Dr Jamoh, as well as other political appointees seeking election must resign before June 3