Intrigues in states as governors battle to form cabinet

Posted by News Express | 23 June 2019 | 1,454 times

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•Governor Ihedioha

Twenty-five days after their inauguration, most state governors are yet to constitute their cabinets, keeping their constituents and other stakeholders guessing on who may or may not get the nod. But people are not amused.

They want the cabinets constituted as early as possible to clear the anxiety created by the current delay.

Investigation across the states by The Nation showed that several factors are responsible for the delay.

These include  efforts by the governors to pick the best hands they can get; fulfil the promises they made to power blocks  and individuals who helped them into office; accommodate as many  vested interests as possible; and ensure balance and fairness in the spread of  the appointments.

Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State for instance, will have to find a way of accommodating in his cabinet nominations from the Achike Udenwa, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Kema Chikwe’s camps, all of which played critical roles in events leading to his emergence.

The different power blocks are locked in a fierce rivalry over appointment into the governor’s cabinet and other positions.

But the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Chibuike Onyeukwu, said there are no ripples over political appointments by the governor.

Ihedioha, according to him, is not under any form of pressure on appointments.

“The governor is not under any form of pressure. His appointments so far have shown that he has taken his time to select across party divides, those he felt are capable of pushing the agenda to rebuild Imo State.

“We built a lot of alliances across political parties during the election and the governor, in fulfillment of his promise to run an all-inclusive government, will partner and give all stakeholders a sense of belonging.”

Appointments already made by Ihedioha include Chief of Staff, Secretary to the State Government, Attorney General, Special Adviser on Media and Chief Press Secretary.

•Excerpted from a report by The Nation.

Source: News Express

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