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Tinubu’s Rivers Peace Deal Cracks As 2 More Commissioners Quit Gov Fubara’s Cabinet

A total of four commissioners of Rivers State’s Governor Simi Fubara have now left the State Executive Council, as the peace deal brokered by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in December suffers a setback.

The new exits on Wednesday were by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Professor Zacchaeus Adango, and the Commissioner for Finance, Isaac Kamalu, who resigned yesterday.

They join the exit train earlier taken by Commissioner for Works, George Kelly, and the Commissioner of Power, Henry Ogiri.

All of them are loyalists of former Governor Nyesom Wike, currently the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, who has been at loggerheads with his successor Fubara.

In a fresh cabinet reshuffle Tuesday, Kamalu and Adango, had been redeployed out of their Ministries to another by the Governor, but they opted to resign instead.

In a circular signed by the Secretary to the state government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adangor, had been moved to the Ministry of Special Duties (Governor’s Office), while Kamalu, as the Commissioner for Finance, was reposted to the Ministry of Employment Generation and Economic Empowerment.

According to the two redeployed commissioners, they rejected their transfer because it violated the peace sought for in the state by the intervention of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In his own resignation letter, captioned, “Cabinet Reshufflement: Notice of Rejection of Deployment and Resignation from the Rivers State, Executive Council,” Adango 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 willfully 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.”

Kamalu tendered his resignation from the cabinet, complaining that the peace instituted by President Ahmed Tinubu was not attained.

He wrote: “Your Excellency would recall that I served under the Administration of His Excellency, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS (now Honorable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja) originally as Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning (2015-2019) and subsequently as Commissioner for Finance-with oversight responsibility for the Rivers State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning (2019 – 2023).

“The mandates of the respective Ministries were to the best of our abilities (as Ministries) duly carried out and at all times material relevant reforms were embarked upon for improved performance and effective and sustainable service delivery.

“Among several others, we successfully carried out the following: Initiating and (supporting existing) policy frameworks for enhanced internal revenue generation. This with (necessary adjustments made on some of the programs) led to the Increase in the Internal revenue receipts. This steady rise has been on for some years now culminating in what the state is presently generating though not the figures erroneously claimed in the Media.

“You will respectfully recall that when the climate of discord became unbearable I and other like-minded Members of the Executive Council that were appointed by you resigned. You thereafter engaged His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as Father of the Nation to intervene in the matter.

“In deference to the directive of Mr. President I and the others were recalled and we all accepted and joined the Cabinet again. I expected Sir that with the opportunity provided by Mr. President every effort will be made to sustain peace.

“Regrettably, Your Excellency, the peace in Government and governance that we all – citizens and residents-of the State desire has remained out of reach despite our consistent efforts and demand for same. This has affected our ability to protect and defend the gains that we made these past years.

“In the course of official engagements, I have reiterated on the need for this peace and the fact we all are willing and determined to work for this. It is very difficult to deliver good governance where there is acrimony and discord. It is not the point of service that is important, but the climate. Our present circumstance makes service delivery extremely challenging. I still hold the belief that it is never too late for peace.”

However, the Rivers State Government, through the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, said official resigning refused to shape up to the peace made by the President.

He said: “Somebody has the right to resign his appointment and the governor has the right to appoint. They have the right to resign. If the governor appoints you and you don’t want to stay you resign.

“They resigned on their own volition; the governor did not sack them. Two people resigning from the cabinet of his excellence will not affect the administration. How will it affect the administration are there no other commissioners, even permanent secretaries and directors?

“The structure of the civil service is such that the engine room can stop just without just one person. If there is no commissioner, does it mean the Ministry will not function.

“It is misrepresentation. Whoever is saying that is overreaching himself. If the President has put peace in place and some people are not still comfortable, they can shape out The peace the President made is visible and those who are not ready to shape up should ship out and they are beginning to ship out.

“Those of them who are not shaping up will. Two of them have decided to leave. They are not the only who resigned that time. For now, only two people have resigned. George Kelly had a Federal Appointment. The Commissioner for Power also resigned because he had a federal appointment too.”

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