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.
Alhassan defects to UDP ‘with all Taraba APC excos’
Aisha Alhassan, immediate past minister of women affairs, has joined the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Alhassan left the All Progressives Congress (APC) after she was disqualified from contesting the party’s governorship primary election.
The former minister had earlier released her resignation letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the letter, Alhassan said she had always been a loyal party member and was at no time queried or admonished for any wrongdoing.
Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, had explained that the minister was not cleared for the primary over anti-party activities.
“She had issues that have to do with party loyalty. Our constitution is clear and it dictates that to contest elections or even hold office in the APC, you must be loyal to the party in every material concern,” he had said.
In a tweet announcing her defection to UDP, Alhassan said: “I have officially joined my next political party with 7 state assembly members, all @APCNigeria executives from 169 wards of Taraba State.
“All 16 local Government exco’s of APC. All states executives of APC, we are now in UDP.”
Adamawa governor sued over ‘certificate forgery’
Muhammad Jibrilla Bindow, Adamawa governor, has been sued over the alleged forgery of his West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate.
The governor was sued by the Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN), a rights group.
According to the originating summons, the group claims that the governor did not complete his secondary education at Government Secondary School, Mangu, Plateau state.
GICN asked the court to compel WAEC to produce the governor’s certificate.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC), WAEC and the police are defendants in the suit filed at the federal high court, Abuja.
The group also asked the court to determine “whether by the true interpretation of Section 177 (d) of the 1999 constitution, the first defendant (Jibrilla) is not absolutely disqualified from seeking re-election to the office on the ground that he does not possess a school certificate or its equivalent issued to him by the second defendant either in 1983 or at any time whatsoever.
“Whether the fourth defendant should not decline to present the first defendant to the third defendant to purposes of screening ahead of the forthcoming election to the office of governor of Adamawa state on the ground that he does not possess a school certificate or Its equivalent issued to him by the second defendant either in I983 or at any time whatsoever”.
GICN also requested an order directing the police to “carry out its legal duty by arresting and prosecuting the first defendant for perjury if the fifth defendant investigates and finds that first defendant neither completed his secondary education at Government Secondary School, Mangu, Plateau state in 1983 nor was issued any school certificate or its equivalent by the second defendant”.
Hamzat steps down for Sanwo-Olu ahead of Lagos APC guber primary
Obafemi Hamzat has withdrawn from the Lagos state governorship race.
Hamzat was a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While announcing his withdrawal during a press conference on Saturday, Hamzat directed his supporters to vote for Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the party’s primary on Sunday.
He said he is stepping down for Sanwo-Olu because he can vouch for his personal integrity and intelligence.
“I’ve resolved to step down and source resources together with my brother and friend, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. So, all my supporters are hereby directed to vote tomorrow for Mr. Sanwo-Olu to emerge as the governorship candidate of the APC in Lagos,” he said.
“Apart from the fact that I can vouch for his personal integrity and intelligence, Mr. Sanwo-Olu is someone I’ve had close interaction with over the years.
“We are both fortunate to have worked closely with the present vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, getting the wise counsel of those I consider to be political fathers and mothers.”
Sanwo-Olu is seen as the major challenger of Akinwunmi Ambode, the incumbent governor of the state.
A former banker, he is believed to have the backing of Mandate Movement, a group loyal to Bola Tinubu, chieftain of the APC.