Abakaliki-Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has sacked all the political office holders from the Local Government Area of the first executive Governor and Senator representing Ebonyi North senatorial zone of the State, Dr. Sam Egwu.
Even as many believed that the sack of the office holders were connected with the Senator’s refusal to decamp to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala noted that their removal was meant to pave way for greater participation of Ebonyians in the governance of the State.
The sacked office holders are all from Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the State.
In a statement by the SSG and Coordinating Commissioner: “In avowed determination of Ebonyi State Government to allow greater participation of Ebonyians in governance, His Excellency the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE, has approved the removal from office of the following political office holders from Ohaukwu Local Government Area with immediate effect.
“They are: All the Coordinators, all the Executive Assistants, (EAs), all the Senior Technical Assistants, (STAs), all the Technical Assistants, (TAs), all the Liaison Officers and all the Management Committee Members of Development Centres in Ohaukwu LGA.
“In view of the above, all the affected former officers are directed to handover all the State Government property in their possession to the Secretary to the State Government before the close of work on Monday 23rd November, 2020.”
In a related development, Ugbala further added that: “Following the directive of His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE, the under listed Technical Assistants to the Governor, (TAs) have been removed from their offices with immediate effect for dereliction of duty.
“They are: Cletus Ogbaga – (TA), Engr. John Nnanna Osi – (TA)
Tochukwu Ali – (TA) and Olachi Sylvester Arua – (TA).
“In the light of this development, all the affected former officers are directed to handover all the Government property in their possessions to the Secretary to the State Government before the close of work on Monday 23rd November, 2020. Please ensure strict compliance to this directive.”
It is being speculated that many more appointees of government will either resign or be sacked in the days ahead, following the movement of Governor David Umahi to the ruling APC in the State.