Monday, 31 May 2021

Breaking: Ayade sacks Asu Okang, Duke, 7 others. See reason

According to a press statement issued by the Special Adviser, media and publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, the governor of Cross River State has approved the relieve of duty of 4 his commissioners and 5 other appointees ranging from SA's to DG's and Chairmen of Departments, Boards, and agencies.

The affected commissioners include

1. Mr. Asu Okang - Commissioner for Information

2. Mrs. Rita Ayim commissioner for women affairs 

3. Ntufam Donatus Etim Commissioner for Climate change 

4. Mr. Mike Usibe - Commissioner for New cities

Other appointees sacked include:

1. Mr. Leo Iyambe State Security Adviser South

2. Chief Orok Otu Duke - Special Adviser CallyWood

3. Mr. Victor Okon 

4. Hon. Agbiji Mbeh Agbiji -Special Adviser power 

5. Mr. John Etim Bassey  - Special Adviser Palm Estate

The removal from office according to political pundits is not unconnected with the recent political happenings in the state.

It should be recalled that TDN had reported that after the governor defected from the People's Democratic Party, PDP he had threatened his appointees to defect with him or stand the risk of losing their jobs. 

While Asu Okang, may not have openly identified with the PDP, he is said to have a close working relationship with Senator Sandy Onor, the ring leader spearheading the onslaught against the governor which led to his exit from the party.

Asu had on several occasions pledged loyalty to the governor but it seems they are some members of the governor's kitchen cabinet who are bent on ensuring he is sent home.

For Rita Ayim and Mike Usibe, they made the list of the recent Caretaker Committee set up by the PDP after the governor defected from the party while the likes of John Etim Bassey, Donatus Etim etc have had very close working relationship with the PDP caretaker committee.

Chief. Orok Duke had also had his on fair share of the punches after being sent parking from the building that houses Canaan Table Tennis Club. A sport club he cofounded and registered in partnership with the Cross River State Government.