The Abia State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has expressed concern over refusal of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu reconstitute a cabinet four months after it was dissolved.
Ikpeazu had in January, 2021 approved the immediate dissolution of the State Executive Council in a press release issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, in Umuahia, the state capital.
The Governor however reinstated his Commissioner of Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, his Health counterpart, Dr. Joe Osuji, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Uche Ihediuwa as well as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Chris Ezem.
Commenting on the delay in reconstituting his cabinet, the APC, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Benedict Godson, on Tuesday, reminded lampooned the governor Ikpeazu, saying the state is not hamlet he can administer as he feels.
The party added that the absence of a cabinet has crippled all facets of governance in the God’s Own State.
The APC stated, “As Nigerian citizens, as Abians, as a party and as humans, we want to use this medium to remind Gov Okezie Ikpeazu that it is now four months since he started running Abia affairs without Commissioners.
“Everyone in Nigeria is aware that Gov Ikpeazu, dissolved Abia State Executive Council in January, retaining only the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner for Information and the Commissioner for Health.
“This decision of the Governor to dissolve the Executive Council retaining only 3 Commissioners was wildly reported. It actually means that about 23 Commissioners were removed making such positions vacant since January 2021.
“How can this be? Majority of them are meant to execute all what’s approved for their ministries in the 2021 Budget. They made inputs on how those ministries will be run this year, why are we derailing from how government should operate?
“The most embarrassing of all this drama is that the Governor still goes about referring to some of the people he never announced that he retained as Commissioners.
“We have heard him of recent talking about Commissioners for this and that especially for works when it was obvious that he never announced their reinstatement.
“This Press Statement is meant to ask Gov Ikpeazu to tell Abians what kind of shaddow Commissioners he’s using in Abia. It is also meant to remind him that Abia is not a hamlet he can administer as he feels.
“If the previous Commissioners are people of questionable characters, are there no other qualified Abians you can replace them with?
“Why is Gov Ikpeazu finding it difficult to replace them? What’s holding him? Is 4 months not enough? Is there something happening behind that Abians need to know? Gov Ikpeazu please tell us?.