Newly Sworn-in Adamawa Governor Sacks Sacked Governor’s Cabinet

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The newly-sworn in Adamawa Governor, Mr Bala Ngilari, on Thursday announced the dissolution of the State Executive Council and political appointees with immediate effect.

A statement signed by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Chubado Tijjani, said all affected office holders should hand over all documents and other government properties to permanent secretaries in their various ministries.

The statement, however, said that heads of statutory commissions were not affected by the dissolution.

The affected appointees, who were less than three months old in office, had been appointed by the former Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, who was sacked by a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Ngilari was the deputy governor to impeached Governor Murtala Nyako left the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ngilari opted to remain in the PDP, which still controls the majority in the state House of Assembly.

When the House moved to impeach Nyako, they promised to save Ngilari if he resigned. He agreed and tendered his resignation letter to then Speaker Fintiri. However, when Nyako was impeached, and Fintiri was sworn-in as acting governor, Ngilari, a lawyer by protested that he should be the governor because his resignation letter should have been tendered to the governor and not the speaker.

Ngilari took to the law courts for adjudication, contending that he never validly relinquished his position as deputy governor and the courts answered his prayers.

The Abuja-located Federal High Court sitting yesterday sacked Fintiri from office, ordered that Ngilari be sworn-in immediately as governor and stopped the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from going ahead with its plans to conduct a bye-election in the state on Saturday.

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