…‘fresh appointments to be made within 30 days’

Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has relieved all his Special Assistants (SAs) and Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) of their appoinments with immediate effect.

A statement issued by Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie obtained by EAGLE STEP, said the move was in line with government’s efforts to reorganize governance in the state.

“This development is in line with efforts to reorganise the governance structure to enhance efficiency in service delivery to Edo people”, he said.

The SSG revealed that the Governor thanked the sacked appointees “for their service and assures of continued cordial relations in the years ahead.”

He stated that the outgoing appointees have been directed to handover all government property and documents in their possession to his office.

“Fresh appointments will be announced within the next 30 days”, the statement added.

The development have, however, been met with mixed reactions on social media, with many insinuating that the move was targeted at those perceived as ‘non-loyalists’ of the Governor.

The over 220 affected appointees, with no specific job description, were nominated by leaders from their different Wards and Local Governments after the 2016 governorship election.

This is not the first time Obaseki will be sacking his political aides. The Governor had recently sacked some Commissioners in his cabinet, who were said to be loyal to his predecessor and party national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Both leaders have been at loggerheads over the controversial inauguration of Edo State Assembly, with the Governor accusing his benefactor of planning to deny him the party’s ticket next year.

Commenting on the development, a chieftain of the APC in Edo who craved anonymity, told EAGLE STEP that those affected were appointees whose leaders had fallen out of favour with the Governor.

“Those SAs and SSAs were nominated by leaders in the various [voting] Wards and Local Government Areas of the state”, he said.

“Same method will be adopted again and again, and only those relevant at that level towards political deliverables will be recruited.

“The only ones that won’t find their way back are those whose leaders have fallen out of favour with the government. It’s simple arithmetic”, the APC chieftain added.