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Fubara reshuffles cabinet, Adango rejects redeployment, resigns

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has reshuffled his cabinet.

 

In the recent shakeup, the former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor SAN, was deployed to the Ministry of Special Duties (Governor’s Office) while the former Commissioner for Finance, Isaac Kamalu, was deployed to the Ministry of Employment Generation and Economic Empowerment.

This minor cabinet reshuffle was contained in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the state capital, on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo.

The statement directed the duo to hand over to their respective permanent secretaries, saying their redeployments take immediate effect.

The statement titled ‘Cabinet Reshuffle,’ reads, “His Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has approved a minor cabinet reshuffle thus:

“Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor SAN, the former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice is now deployed to the Ministry of Special Duties (Governor’s Office).

“Barr. Isaac Kamalu, the former Commissioner for Finance, is now deployed to the Ministry of Employment Generation and Economic Empowerment.

“They are to handover to their respective Permanent Secretaries immediately as this deployment takes immediate effect.

“All hand-over processes must be completed immediately.”

Both Adangor and Kamalu were among nine commissioners who resigned their positions from Fubara’s cabinet in the heat of the political crisis that rocked the state.

The development followed a protracted feud between former Governor Wike and his successor, Fubara.

Following the intervention of President Bola Tinubu, an eight-point truce was reached which mandated Fubara to reappoint the resigned commissioners.

The statement did not indicate if one of Wike’s loyalists, Emeka Woke, who held the office of the Commissioner for Special Duties before now has been sacked.

Woke, even as a serving commissioner in Fubara’s cabinet, has openly been speaking against the current administration at events.

He was the Chief of Staff to Wike, while the latter was governor.

However, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Rivers State, Prof. Zacchaeus Adango, has rejected his redeployment from the Ministry of Justice to Special Duties (Governor’s Office) and resigned his appointment, noting that he would never serve in the administration of Sir Siminalayi Fubara.

Adango, had earlier in the wake of the political war between Fubara and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Chief Nyesom Wike, resigned his position, but later was restored to his position following the intervention of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

It was gathered that after the restoration of Adango, that he has not been in the good books of the governor of the state, following his continuous loyalty to the FCT Minister.

Adango in his resignation he captioned, ‘Cabinet Reshufflement: Notice of Rejection of Deployment and Resignation from the Rivers State, Executive Council, noted that he was not consulted before his deployment.

It read: “My attention has been drawn to your letter dated 23rd April 2024 and widely circulated on social media whereby I was “deployed to the Ministry of Special Duties (Governor’s Office).

“Further to the referenced letter, I hereby give you notice of my rejection of the said deployment and resignation from the Rivers State Executive Council with effect from 24th day of April 2024.

“I wish to state for the record, that I am no longer willing to continue to serve in the administration of His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, GSSRS, Governor of Rivers State, in any capacity whatsoever.

“It is important to mention that the Governor of Rivers State had in the past couple of weeks wilfully interfered with the performance of my duties as the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Rivers State by directing me not to defend, oppose, or appear in suits instituted against the Honourable Attorney-General and the Government of Rivers State by persons admittedly hired and sponsored by the Government of Rivers State.

“That having served the Government and good people of Rivers State dutifully as member of the Rivers State Executive Council for the past five (5) years, it has become imperative for me to quit the administration in order to preserve my reputation.”

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