Apprehension As Obiano Appoints Principal Officers
As anxiety grips former aides
The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has appointed some principal officers, including the Chief Press Secretary for his new administration, barely 24 hours after taking his oath of office.
The appointees include:
- Prof Solo Chukwulobelu retains his position as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG)
- Sir Willie Nwokoye retains his position as the Principal Secretary to the Governor
- Mr Primus Odili becomes the new Chief of Staff to the Governor, while,
- Mr James Eze, formerly a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, assumes the position of the Chief Press Secretary.
The new appointees were formally informed of their appointments by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Daniel Ezeanwu and have been sworn in on Monday.
Meanwhile, ElombahNews has gathered that apprehension has gripped the various quarters of the previous administration of Governor Obiano.
ElombahNews has earlier in March reported that ahead of his swearing-in on March 17, 2018, Obiano had sacked all Commissioners, Senior Special Assistants [SSAs], Special Assistants [SAs], EAs, political heads et al.
Their sack was announced via a memo signed by the Secretary to the State Government [SSG], Prof Solo Chukwulobelu.
Obiano therein directed all the political appointees and non-civil servants heads to handover official vehicles and all other government properties in their possession.
They were directed to submit their handover before Friday, March 16, 2018, ahead of the swearing-in on March 17 for a second term of 4 years.
Some of the officials affected include James Eze, Chinedu Obidigwe, Ifeanyi Aniagoh, and a host of others.
However, in what was seen by many as damage control, the Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta made attempts to deny the report.
According to Nnachetta, the report arose from misinterpretation by a section of the media of the contents of a leaked internal memo originating from the office of the Secretary to the State Government.
Continuing, Nnachetta said “the tenure of all appointees including the Governor ends on Friday, March 16th.
“The Governor will be sworn in for a second term on Saturday, March 17th. His Excellency may then chose to appoint or re-appoint whom he pleases.
“That is proper governance,” he added.