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July 17, 2013

Gov Okorocha sacks cabinet

By CHIDI NKWOPARA

OWERRI— GOVERNOR Rochas Okorocha, Wednesday, sacked members of Imo State Executive Council mid-way into their weekly meeting.

Others who suffered the same fate included special advisers, special assistants and political appointees of the state government.

Vanguard investigations revealed that the sacked members of the state executive council were shocked because, according to one of them, they least expected it would come so soon.

One of the sacked commissioners told Vanguard under anonymity that: “The governor’s decision and announcement took all of us by storm. We least expected it. We were in high spirits for the week’s executive council meeting, when the governor threw the bombshell”.

*Imo state Governor,  Okorocha

*Imo state Governor, Okorocha

The ex-commissioner said he agreed there was the need to inject new blood into the system, but quickly stressed that “we least expected that our jobs would be terminated today. ”

Vanguard gathered that the new state executive council chamber was officially opened yesterday, and members were barely commencing the day’s business when Governor Okorocha announced the dissolution of the body.

Another credible Government House source said the governor’s action was long overdue, stressing that he wanted to add fresh and more competent hands that would help him run the affairs of the state.