Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has sacked four commissioners from his cabinet.
Mr Christian Ita, who is the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, announced this in a statement on Monday in Calabar, the state capital.
The affected commissioners are Mike Usibe (New City Development), Rita Ayim (Women Affairs), Asu Okang (Information), and Ntufam Etim (Climate Change).
Governor Ayade also relieved five other appointees – who include Leo Inyambe, Orok Duke, Victor Okon, John Bassey, and Mbeh Agbiji – of their appointments.
While no reason was given for the Governor’s action, he thanked the affected commissioners and appointees for their services to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours.
They were, however, asked to return the government properties and vehicles in their possession to the Chief of Staff to the Governor.
TheNewsGuru.com, TNG reports that Ayade had on May 20 defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) becoming the second governor in six months to join the party from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He was elected as the governor of Cross Rivers State in 2015 on the platform of the PDP, and got re-elected in 2019 on same platform.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State had also announced his defection from PDP to APC on November 17, 2020.
He alleged that the South-East region had suffered injustice in the opposition party, a claim that was swiftly denied by the PDP.