The All Progressives Congress yesterday queried the Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, over delay in setting up his members of cabinet after four months of dissolution.
In a Statement signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Benedict Godson, said the governor should stop running the state as his personal business or a hamlet he can administer anyhow.
“Gov Ikpeazu must realize that Abia is not a state where anyone can govern anyhow”.
In the statement, the party reminded the governor that it is now four months since he started running Abia affairs without Commissioners.
“Everyone in Nigeria is aware that Ikpeazu, dissolved Abia State Executive Council in January 2021, retaining only the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner for Information and the Commissioner for Health.
“This decision of the Governor to dissolve the Executive Council retaining only 3 Commissioners was wildly reported. It actually means that about 23 Commissioners were removed, making their positions vacant since January 2021”, the statement read.
According to the statement, majority of the commissioners are meant to execute what was approved for their various ministries in the 2021 Budget.
“They made inputs on how those ministries will be run this year, why are we derailing from how government should operate”.
The Statement said the most embarrassing thing about the drama is that the Governor still goes about referring to some of the people he dissolved and never announced that he retained them “as Commissioners”.
“The Governor should tell Abians the kind of Commissioners he’s using in Abia”, It added.
The Statement, however, stated that Abia is not a hamlet, therefore, the governor should stop administering it as one.
“If the previous Commissioners are people of questionable characters, are there no other qualified Abians you can replace them with?
“Why is Gov Ikpeazu finding it difficult to replace them? What’s holding him? Is 4 months not enough? Is there something happening behind that Abians need to know? Governor Ikpeazu please tell us” the statement further read.
“Yes, we know the Governor has the right to remove any of his employees, but courtesy demands that he administer Abia as a state not a social club, where he owes nobody any explanations”, it concluded.