Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has dissolved the State Executive Council, SEC, with immediate effect. No reason was given for the sack.
“The Governor expresses his deep and profound appreciation for the contributions of the EXCO members to the development of the state, and wishes them success in their future endeavours,” the governor said in a statement issued on Saturday evening by the Secretary to the State Government, Etekamba Umoren.
The statement directed the commissioners to hand over to the permanent secretaries in their ministries.
There have been speculations since the beginning of the year that the governor was going to dissolve the cabinet, given that almost 70 per cent of his commissioners and special advisers were inherited from the administration of his predecessor, Godswill Akpabio.
The governor however consistently denied plans to sack his cabinet. In February 2016, his spokesman, Ekerete Udoh, said the rumour of a cabinet dissolution is being “peddled by jobless people and I don’t think I really want to join such issues. I think it is better for us to think of better things than dwell on baseless issues. Nothing of such is in the offing.”
Some are interpreting the sack as further proof of the growing gulf between Gov. Emmanuel and his predecessor who is now a senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District and current Senate Minority leader.