Ahead of the defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has sacked two commissioners loyal to Akpabio.
The commissioners were sacked with immediate effect for what was called “act of disloyalty”.
They are the Commissioners for Labour, Productivity and Manpower Development, Mr Ibanga Akpabio, and Culture and Tourism, Mr Victor Antai.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, said the two commissioners had to be removed from the State Executive Council for disloyalty to the governor.
Ibanga, who is a younger brother to Sen. Godswill Akpabio was sacked alongside Antai for receiving Akpabio, a former governor of the state and Emmanuel’s predecessor, at the Ibom International Airport on Tuesday.
Akpabio flew into the state preparatory to his plan to defect from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Udoh said the commissioners had to be removed from the state executive council following their “reluctance to comply with good governance processes.’’
“With the development, they have been mandated to handover to the Permanent Secretary in their respective ministries before close of work on Wednesday August 8,’’ he said.
The commissioner stressed that the duo showed complete disloyalty to Emmanuel and therefore could not continue to remain in the state executive.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akpabio on Tuesday tendered his resignation as the senate minority leader and will formally defect to All Progressives Congress Wednesday.
The Presidency said on Wednesday the Executive arm of government was unanimous in the sack of the immediate past Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura.
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, fielded questions from journalists after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the Presidency is one and the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has all the powers of acting President.
Adesina said President Muhammadu Buhari has duly transmitted power to the Acting President before traveling to London on vacation.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday met behind closed doors with the acting Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Matthew Seiyefa.
The meeting started at the Acting President’s office shortly after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting ended around noon.
It was still in progress at the time of filing this report.
Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki on Wednesday vowed to continue to fight against alleged impunity despite alleged threat to his life.
He stated this at a press conference on the invasion of National Assembly by Operatives of Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday.
He said the defection of former Senate Minority Leader Godswill Obot Akpabio is not a National issue for him to speak on.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday met behind closed doors with the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
Magu arrived the Acting President’s office around 2.28p.m.
The meeting was still in progress at the time of filing this report.
The Benue state government has condemned the freezing of the state’s account by the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC).
Terver Akase, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, in a statement said that the governor is being victimized.
EFCC had reportedly frozen Benue government’s account for alleged diversion of N23, 088, 586, 206.Reacting to this, Akase stated that Ortom runs a transparent administration and has not diverted funds.
“Benue has suffered heavy attacks by Fulani herdsmen since the beginning of the year. Within the period, the State Government has spent a lot to legitimately support security agencies to protect the people of the state. Governor Ortom has not diverted funds. He runs a transparent administration.”
He described the act as a political witch-hunt against Governor Ortom. “Yes, it is true that accounts of the Benue State Government have been frozen by EFCC. It is part of the political witch-hunt against Governor Samuel Ortom.” Akase said.
“The action of EFCC is already having negative impact on the running of government in Benue State. It is a move that will affect salaries, pensions and other sundry payments.
“The question we are asking is; why did EFCC not investigate the Governor’s security votes when he was still a member of APC? Why start the investigation now?
“EFCC should not allow itself to be used as an attack dog unleashed against perceived political opponents.
“Let the Federal Government tell us how much it has spent on prosecuting the fight against Boko Haram and how much it spent on the other operations such as Python Dance, Crocodile Smile and Whirl Stroke.
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; and the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, who led over 30 senators; among other leaders of APC are at the Township Stadium in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State to receive defecting Senator Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.
Akpabio arrived at the stadium, in company with his wife, at 2:20 p.m., while other leaders of the party arrived later.
The leaders of APC were welcomed by a mammoth crowd, who patiently waited from as early as 7 a.m., for the event slated for 10 a.m., but kicked off over four hours behind schedule.