Tension within the Anambra State government circle may have begun to simmer yesterday [May 2, 2012] as some of the members of Governor Peter Obi’s cabinet began to submit their handover notes to the Governor. This is as 247ureports.com gathered that some of the Commissioners involved have already cleaned out their offices and have resolved their fate to being asked not to return – by the Governor after the dissolution of the cabinet.
Available information indicates that the long rumored dissolution/reshufflement of the Anambra State Executive Cabinet may have come to bare – and may result to possible announcement by the Governor of Anambra State. But a usually reliable source reveals that the Governor may have had a rethink over the planned reshufflement of his cabinet. The source notes that the Governor may have reacted to the recent “noisy” actions of the All Progressive Grand Alliance [APGA] National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh – who laid explosive allegations on the Governor of Anambra State. The source added that the Governor has decided to have a calm rethink of the strategy required to execute a noiseless/frictionless dissolution of his cabinet.
Among the Commissioners who have submitted their handover notes include, the Commissioner for Works [Arc Ilodiba], Commissioner of Finance [Echesi Eze], and three other Commissioners. A source inside the governor’s office revealed that the Commissioner for Environment [Mike Egbebike], Commissioner for Women Affairs [Ego Uzozie] may also be included among the cabinet members who will be asked not to return. The current Secretary to the State Government, Paul Odenigbo is reported to not be returning to the cabinet – he is said to be preparing to join the Anambra gubernatorial contest in 2014. Paul Odenigbo is expected to be replaced by E. D. Chukwuma. The current Commissioner of Lands [Hon Afuba] is expected to be moved over to the office of the State Attorney General.
The current Commissioner for Local Government Affairs and Chieftaincy Matters [Hon Dubem Obaze] is expected to be moved to another ministry. 247ureports.com is not certain which ministrt he will be moved to. But information has it that Dubem Obaze expects to join the Anambra gubernatorial race in 2014.
Also, the present secretary of the APGA, Okoli Akirika is expected to be given a cabinet position.
The expected dissolution, according to sources in the Anambra government house, will enable for new ideas and new faces to Anambra governance. The source adds that it will also enable the State to govern itself without the undue influence of the National APGA Chairman.