- Governor Godwin Obaseki has sacked the eight commissioners in the state executive council
- Among them is the nephew of the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole
- The governor, however, appointed immediate past speaker of the state House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto, as special adviser
Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, reportedly sacked eight commissioners in the state executive council, among whom was the nephew of the national chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
The Nation reports that Obaseki sacked the commissioners after he returned from Abuja. He appointed immediate past speaker of the state House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto, as special adviser.
Those sacked include: commissioner for youths and special duties, Mika Amanokha, who is also Oshiomhole’s nephew; commissioner for energy and water resources, Joseph Ugheoke; commissioner for women affairs and social development, Magdalene Ohenhen and commissioner for infrastructure Osahon Amiolemen.
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Others are commissioner for health, David Osifo; commissioner for budget, Mariam Abubakar; commissioner for wealth creation, cooperatives and employment, Emmanuel Usoh; commissioner for science and technology, Christopher Adesotu.
A statement signed by secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie reads in parts: “The following persons have been nominated for appointment as commissioners: Damian Lawani; Joe Ikpea; Felix Akhabue; Moses Agbakor; Momoh Oise Omorogbe and Marie Edeko.
“The state government offers its immense gratitude to the outgoing commissioners for their service and assures of continued cordial relations in the years ahead, while congratulating the newly appointed commissioners and special advisers, urging them to serve the people with integrity.”
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The statement advised the outgoing commissioners to handover all government property in their possession to the permanent secretaries in their ministries and wished them well in their future endeavours.
Others appointed as special advisers are Magdalene Ohenhen; Osaigbovo Iyoha; Andrew Momodu and Ojo Asien.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Obaseki and his predecessor, Oshiomhole were at loggerhead over who will represent the state in President Buhari's cabinet.
Oshiomhole, who is the national chairman of the APC, submitted three names to the president. The list includes former deputy governor to Oshiomhole, Pius Odubu, former member of the House of Representatives, Patrick Obahiagbon and ex-Edo attorney general and commissioner for justice, Henry Idahagbon.
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