Six commissioners and some other appointees in the Governor Rochas Okorocha’s cabinet within the week resigned their appointments.
Confirming the resignations, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on media, Sam Onwuemeodo told HOMELAND that as against reports in some quarters that they were sacked, that it was for them to pursue their political ambitions.
The SSA media pointed out that the burden of running a ministry is too enormous for an aspirant to combine with another time demanding venture like electioneering campaign. He also said that the decision was in the interest of those who just resigned as they will have the time to concentrate.
Mr. Onwuemeodo said that the Governor who wished them well in their political pursuit has accepted their resignation letters. He however denied that their absence has created a vacuum in the government. He argued that even before any commissioner was appointed, that it was the permanent secretaries in the various ministries that were running its affairs.
Those who stepped down include the commissioner for finance, Deacon Chike Okafor, his counterpart in the ministry of industry and non formal sector, Lady Nnanna Okoro, and that of internal resources and pensions affairs Nick Oparandudu. Others are the commissioners in the ministry of information Theodore Ekechi, that of primary education Mrs Uche Ejiogu and the man incharge of public utilities, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu.