From Everest Ezihe, Owerri
There are fears that Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state may soon rejig his cabinet, following reports of skirmishes and clashed of interest between his appointees
The AUTHORITY gathered reliably that some of the governors Commissioners and Special Assistants have been in fight over clashes of interest and control of certain agencies under their appointed departments
It was further gathered that a possible reshuffling of the cabinet has become imminent as the governor is said to have given all his Commissioners and Special Assistants a one week ultimatum to render account of their stewardship having been in office since February this year..
Government House sources confirmed to The AUTHORITY in Owerri that the Governor is set to meet his appointees in a crucial meeting within the week where he would issue a marching orders.
The source emphatically stated that “The performances of the appointees will be evaluated based on what they come up with as their scorecard since they were appointed. A reshuffling cannot be ruled away.
“Do not also rule out the possibility of reducing the number of SAs and SSAs or some of them being reassigned. The Commissioners will not also escape being reshuffled or some of them, out rightly removed” he stated.
It’s pertinent to recall that there have been reports of skirmishes between the Special Advisers and Commissioners, an anomaly caused by lack of clear designation/description of jobs or multiplication of portfolios, as some encroach into the designation of others, a situation which has reportedly caused confusion in the administration.
Recently the Governor has also faced criticisms for appointing “over-bloated” number of SAs and SSAs, a factor identified to have caused disharmony in his administration.
To maintain a grip of the party and his stay in office, Governor, Uzodinma had recently gone into “tactical political alliance” with APC bigwigs, such as Minister of State, Education, Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba, ex allies of former Governor Rochas Okorocha led by former Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, and other political interest groups within the APC.