Ayade sacks commissioners, aides

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Cross River state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has sacked four commissioners and five special advisers in his cabinet.
Ayade who was elected for two terms on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had on Thursday last week, defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The sacking of was announced in a statement on Monday by Christian Ita, the governor’s special adviser on media and publicity.
The statement said the commissioners sacked include Asu Okang, commissioner for information; Donatus Etim, commissioner for health and climate change; Rita Ayim, commissioner for women affairs, and Mike Usibe, commissioner for new cities development.
The special advisers sacked include Leo Inyambe, special adviser on security; John Etim, Oil Palm development; Orok Duke, special adviser on Callywood; Victor Okon and Agbiji Mbeh-Agbiji.
The statement directed them to return government properties and vehicles in their possession with immediate effect to the Chief of Staff to the governor.
The commissioners and the aides are believed to have been sacked for their refusal to join the APC.

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