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Rivers brace for possible mass cabinet sacking, as five commissioners resign

Arrest of Fubara’s loyalists in Abuja sparks anger in Port Harcourt

When five commissioners of the Rivers resign, it could be a sign of what may follow, especially with the rift between Siminalayi Fubara and Nyesom Wike.

Chief Emeka Woke, the Commissioner for Special Projects, the Commissioner for Works, George-Kelly Alabo, and his counterpart from the Ministry of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Inime Chinwenwo-Aguma, tendered their resignation letters on Thursday.

Alabo and Chinwenwo-Aguma resigned hours after the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Prof Zacchaeus Adangor, resigned.

Isaac Kamalu, the Commissioner for Finance, also resigned from his position.

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A source said the resignation was coming following indications that Fubara is trying to sack all cabinet members loyal to Wike.

Those who have resigned have strong ties with Wike who is the current minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

The December 14 letter was addressed to the Rivers state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, through the Secretary to the State Government.

Kelly noted in his letter that his decision was based on conscience.

“My decision to resign is anchored on my conscience, personal philosophy and professional ethics. This decision was taken after deep introspection.”

He appreciated the governor for the opportunity to serve the state in his cabinet.