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Two pro-Wile commissioners resign after Rivers Gov’s cabinet reshuffle

By News Desk

Hours after the Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, reshuffled his cabinet, two commissioners have resigned their appointments, describing their redeployment to different political offices as strategy to reduce their influence in the state.

The two appointees, Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Zacchaeus Adangor, and commissioner for Finance, Isaac Kamalu, have left their various offices after tendering their resignation letter, following the governor’s cabinet reshuffle, resulting in their redeployment to other ministries.

The new development, as gathered, indicated that the peace accord brokered by President Bola Tinubu earlier in the year between Fubara, and the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has collapsed again.

Of the two, Adangor was the first to reject his redeployment to the Ministry of Special Duties (Governor’s Office) while Kamalu has also followed his footsteps after he was moved to the Ministry of Employment Generation and Economic Empowerment.

Both who were nominated into the cabinet by Wike, who was chose Fubara as his successor after completing his second term as governor of the state.

One after the other, they both wrote the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Tammy Danagogo, on Wednesday, rejecting their redeployment by the governor after they were asked to immediately hand over to the Permanent Secretaries in their ministries.

They both stressed in the letter that they were no longer willing to continue to serve in the Fubara led government.

They accused the governor of willfully interfering with their duties, hindering their performance while s erving the state.

Adangor, in his letter claimed that, as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, the governor was often directing him not to defend, oppose or appear in suits instituted against the Attorney-General and government of Rivers State by persons.

According to him, the suits were admittedly hired and sponsored by the government of Rivers State.

“I wish to state for the record that I am no longer willing to serve in Sir Similanayi Fubara administration in any capacity whatsoever. It’s 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 Attorney-General of the State and Commissioner for Justice 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.”

He said having served as a cabinet member of Rivers government in the past five years, he had no option than to resign and save his reputation.

Kamalu, on his part, cited absence of peace in Rivers State despite the peace pact by President Bola Tinubu last December.

The pro-Wile appointee said it was impossible for him to give his best in an atmosphere of rancour.

Adangor and Kamalu were among Wike’s loyalists who resigned in the heat of the rift between the Minister and Fubara.

However, following the intervention of the President, they were reabsorbed into Fubara’s government and reassigned their previous portfolios.

Reabsorbing them into his administration was one of the points in the terms of the peace accord which was perceived as a political situation to the crisis.

But few months down the line, the accord collapsed as both camps renewed hostilities.

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