Abia State

Confusion has taken over the Abia State Government House, Umuahia, following the decision of some of the aides of the governor who were sacked in the recently announced cabinet dissolution to return to their offices.

Some of the aides who were relieved of their duty but are still sighted in their offices are the immediate past Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Enyinnaya Appolos; ex SA on Special Duties, Mr. Erondu Junior Erondu ; former Chief Press Secretary to Governor Theodore Orji, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue and the ex Special Assistant on New Media, Mr. Newman Ubani.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had on Friday, June 16, dissolved his cabinet through a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Government House, Mr. Onyi Wamah. The statement retained the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Chief Chijioke Nwakodo; the Special Adviser, Aba Urban Renewal, Engr. Solomon Ogunji, Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Obinna Oriaku , Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Chief Umeh Kalu ( SAN) , including former Commissioner for Works, Hon. Eziuche Ubani, who was demoted to serve as Special Adviser on Works and Project Monitoring.

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According to Abia Facts, the development has caused huge confusion at the Abia Seat of power as civil servants no longer know who to deal with since the affected aides have been relieved of their appointment by the governor.

A staff of Government House, who pleaded not to be mentioned, said, “Some of the governor’s aides who we think were affected by the dissolution, have resume work.  The situation has created confusion as we don’t know who to deal with since they relieved of their appointments.

“Everybody is afraid to talk because these are the Governor’s Boys, they are very powerful. Anything you say can land you in trouble. We prefer to keep quiet and tread softly until the governor returns. 

“Since they were not excluded from the dissolution, the right procedure would have been to do a follow up announcement to bring them back to office, but in Abia State anything goes.”

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Immediate past Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos was sighted at his office yesterday where he signed a statement quoting Governor Ikpeazu calling on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate the petition of alleged threat to life levelled against the governor by a contender in the 2014 governorship primaries, Sir Friday Nwosu. Appolos has alleged been telling some friendly journalists that Ikpeazu cannot sack him from his position.

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Ex Special Assistant on Special Duties, Erondu jnr, has since the dissolution of the cabinet, been coming to work and is known to have boasted that the dissolution did not affect him. It is the same situation with the Special Assistant on new Media, Newman Ubani, who alleged boasted that with his performance defending the policies of the governor on facebook , that the dissolution did not affect his office.

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