Abia Facts Newspapers had already alerted Abians of plans to reshuffle the cabinet of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu since after the decision of the Supreme Court that retained him against the suit of Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah that wanted him fired.
The reshuffling of the cabinet as we gathered by an insider in Ikpeazu’s government was to enable Ikpeazu free himself from some unnecessary baggage’s and weight which was placed on him by some political gladiators in the state. The inside source informed Abia Facts Newspaper that the reshuffling will enable Gov. Ikpeazu assert himself more, take total control of the government with his cabal and position himself as the alfa and omega of Abia State politics.
Our source actually said that the litigation has cost Ikpeazu 2 years of taking total control of the state, he said the litigation has placed Ikpeazu in a servitude position for too long despite being the governor of the state and equally made him unable to start placing his cabal members in choice positions to facilitate his 2019 ambition and to even build financial war chest for the election.
Finally, our report of dissolution of cabinet has come true and the question now is who and who will fall causality as a result of this dissolution decision. Let’s not forget, that the dissolved cabinet was virtually forced on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu by Senator T.A Orji and other critical stakeholders that played one role or the other during 2015 election, it is assumed that they have been compensated for their role whether negative or positive during the 2015 election and it is now time for Ikpeazu to place his own men and fully redefine the political landscape of Abia State and determine who will remain relevant come 2019.
Obviously, by this dissolution, the political structure of the then governor now Senator T.A Orji is gradually closing up or grinding to a stop, this means the worst hit by this dissolution will be Senator T.A Orji as Ikpeazu will start defining his independence and asserting his power because the days of litigations are assumed over.
WHO ARE THESE LIKELY UNTOUCHABLE 6 COMMISSIONERS?
1. Chief Charles Ogbonna – Former Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs
Chief Charles Ogbonna is said to be a very strong force in the emergence of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as governor. He is also deeply rooted in the system and removing him will obviously send a signal of political war to Senator T.A Orji who is both their political godfather. It is true that Ikpeazu wants to assert himself fully, but removing Charles will trigger something that may snowball or backfire against the governor. The governor still needs the Ochendo relationship to avoid so much turbulence during the 2019 election.
But, Chief Charles Ogbonna may not be retained in the capacity he was relieved from because that position is very sensitive and it is alleged that a lot money is made from that office. So, Ikpeazu may fix in one of his very close ally into that position for raising of fund for 2019 election and for grass root mobilization.
2. Honorable Uzo Azubuike – Former Commissioner for Agriculture
Based on our discovery and assessment, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu seems to be very proud of the achievement of Honorable Uzo Azubuike as Commissioner of Agriculture because of what they termed laudable agricultural project which include the poultry farm, Palm revolution, rice farms and other projects. So, Uzo Azubuike may be returned based on merit and has 95% chance of retaining his former office.
3. Honorable Eziuche Ubani – Former Commissioner for Works now SSA to the governor on works.
While other Commissioners were sent home, Hon. Eziuche Ubani was not sent home, rather he was appointed into another position just to make sure he remains active in supervising projects of the state which are ongoing. The immediate re-appointment of Eziuche, tells the value and importance attached to him in this government. So, he is not going anywhere, he has 95% of retaining his former office. Honorable Eziuche Ubani is the owner of Magic FM in Aba.
4. Barrister Haggler Okorie – Former Commissioner for Youth & Sports
The chances of Barrister Haggler Okorie returning is about 65% going by his long standing relationship with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu. Though our inside source informed Abia Facts Newspaper that his performance in office has not really impressed the governor, but Haggler is banking on his relationship and blaming lack of fund for his lack of impressive performance.
5. Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji – Former Commissioner of Education
Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji is another Commissioner who could be recalled based on performance. Our source intimated us that the governor is proud of the Commissioner and is willing to retain him in the same position.
6. Honorable Osita Igbe – Former Commissioner for Lands and Housing.
Based on our investigation, Honorable Osita Igbe may not be one of the outstanding commissioners, but his believe in Okezie Ikpeazu before even he emerged as PDP gubernatorial candidate from 2014 may retain him. Osita Igbe is one of the founding and rooted member of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s campaign Okezuo Abia, this may earn him a recall as commissioner, but retaining his former office is not guaranteed.
These are the 6 persons that are highly likely to be re-appointed as commissioners soon, remember that two commissioners were spared these include the Commissioner for Finance Obinna Oriaku and Commissioner of Justice Barrister Umeh Kalu. The reason why they were retained will be revealed soon.