Willie Obiano, governor of Anambra state, has sacked all his political appointees.
Affected in the new development are heads of government ministries, departments and agencies; commissioners, special assistants as well as other non-civil servant appointees.
A memo signed by Solo Chukwulobelu, secretary to the state government, directed the appointees to hand over their handover reports to their second in command before Friday, 16th March, 2018.
No reason was given in the memo, for the sack of the government officials.
The memo read: “His Excellency, Willie Obiano, governor of Anambra state, has directed that all political appointees and non-civil servant, heads of MDAs in the state submit their handover notes/reports on or before Friday 16th March, 2018 to the permanent secretary of their respective MDAs, or to the most senior civil servant there in the absence of a permanent secretary.
“All SSAs/SAs are to submit their handover notes/reports to the permanent secretary, office of the SSG.
“A copy of the handover note/report must be submitted to the secretary to the state government on or before Friday, 16th March, 2018.”
It added that the appointees and every other official involved are to also handover any government project/utility vehicles in their custody to the permanent secretary, office of the secretary to the state government on or before March 16.
Obiano was re-elected for a second tenure in November last year.
This is the first major change taking place within his cabinet since his re-election.
Fayose speaks on ‘dumping PDP for APC’
The Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, has reacted to reports quoting him as saying he would dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
His spokesman, Lere Olayinka, said the governor did not and will never make such statement.
A press release he signed on Saturday reads: “Kindly disregard statement being circulated by members of the APC in Ekiti State that Governor Ayodele Fayose said “If defecting to APC will solve Ekiti problems, he will join APC and nobody can stop him.”
“The statement was part of the many lies being circulated by the Ekiti APC and its unsellable governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, obviously to suppress reports of his rejection by Ekiti people.
“Even when APC was still basking in the euphoria of its electoral success of 2015, Governor Fayose made it abundantly clear then that he will never have anything to do with the party, not to talk about now that the party is nearing its political grave.
“As we approach the July 14 governorship election, it is expected that several lies will be told by the APC and its sinking candidate to confuse the unsuspecting members of the public.
“Therefore, members of the public are urged to disregard any statement not attributed to me or the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Idowu Adelusi.
“Most importantly, Governor Fayose’s comments on issues (both national and State) are always on his Twitter Handle @GovAyoFayose.
“Any statement credited to Governor Fayose and cannot be found either on his Twitter Handle or my Facebook Timelines and Twitter Handle should be DISREGARDED.”
Buhari reveals PDP lawmaker he wants to ‘abduct’ to APC
President Muhammadu Buhari has jokingly said he would like to “abduct” the Senate Minority Whip, Philip Aduda to the the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Aduda, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), represents the FCT in the Senate.
He was among guests who paid homage to Buhari on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitr celebration, at his official residence in the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“This opposition leader maybe next election we will try and abduct him from his party, he seems to be enjoying so much at the Senate that he seems to be putting on weight by the day,” the President said while referring to Aduda.
Noting that Nigeria was blessed with human and material resources, Buhari added: “I’m very pleased that we are working very hard collectively as Nigerians and that God in his infinite mercy who knows what is in the heart and not by mouth, will continue to guide us so that we accommodate each other at all times.”
I have suffered – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he has suffered both in politics and in the military.
The President said that his journey in politics had been challenging.
He said this when he played host to the delegation of residents in Abuja led by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello who paid him Sallah homage in his official residence, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari explained further that he was working hard for the collective interest of the country and that enough had been invested into the country to ensure it remained one entity.
He said, “I am very pleased that we are working very hard collectively as Nigerians and that God in his infinite mercy who knows what is in the heart and not by mouth, will continue to guide us so that we accommodate each other at all times. This country is blessed on human and material resources.”
He also said that he started and completed the Ramadan fast despite the apprehension in some quarters as a result of his health condition.
“What we realized between 1999-2013 as I have always said we have never realized it. It is on record that we were producing 2.2 million barrels per day on the average, at the cost of $100 per barrel.
“It went up to $143 per barrel and then I think it stabilized between $80 and $90, Nigeria has never received so much money and we thank God that we have survived the crisis in no time.
“It is amazing that we are here because we tried four times, we ended up three times at the Supreme Court and it is no joke. I have suffered for this constituency just like I suffered in the Military.
“ I walked from the northern border to the sea virtually on foot, because every culvert and bridge were blown up, so we had to walk and carry our luggage.
“I think we have invested so much in this country and we will continue to pray that we stay together and let us develop the necessary confidence, work together as a people, this country is great. Let us work together so that we can save a lot more and exploit more of the resources that were abandoned so many years ago.
“I am very grateful to the ministers and church leadership that came to say happy Eid-Filtri to those of us that have been fasting. A lot of people asked me not to fast on health grounds I can default I refused because I know the value in fasting, I cannot miss it once I can do it.
“Last year, I didn’t (fast) because I was on health vacation but this year I have done it and I thank God because it has helped me to be much more healthier to give me the time that I need to attend to national issues.
“Please in your constituencies; emphasize what I said about 30 years ago, we don’t have another country except Nigeria. We may as well remain here and salvage it together, there is nothing else we can do. Even those that had gone out are now trying to come back because they are not wanted out there.
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