Nigeria’s Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha (APC), who has been at odds with much of his cabinet and political appointees over their support for Biafra has reportedly chosen Biafra day to show them who is the boss. The sack which takes immediate effect affected the state executive council and 27 local government transition committees. Spared are the secretary to the government, the chief of staff, chairmen and members of statutory commissions such as ISEC, Civil Service Commission and the local government service commission.
The governor, however, did not state any reason for the action, but it is widely believed that the open support of most of his political appointees for Biafra and their participation in Biafra remembrance Day, organized by the Independent People Of Biafra (IPOB), was the last straw. The Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha who is clearly no fan of IPOB leader, Nnamdi kanu, has publicly dissociated himself from the Biafra agitation and has previously said that there was a need for Nigerian to unify against all odds and happenings in the country. He said this to journalists in march while receiving the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was en-route to Abia state from Imo Airport.
A statement by the Principal Secretary to the Imo State Governor, Mr Pascal Obi, in Owerri, directed all former members of the executive to hand over to permanent secretaries or the most senior director in their ministries. The Transition Committee (TC) chairmen were ordered to hand over to the directors of administration and general services of their respective council areas. Mr Pascal Obi quoted the governor as being appreciative of the invaluable contributions of the affected appointees to the success recorded by his administration and wished them well in their future endeavors.
Governor Rochas Okorocha, a member of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and simply refered to as ROCHAS by his fans and as OKOROHAUSA by his detractors is no stranger to political controversy. Many see the move as a shrewd calculated political move to strengthen his political standing with the rest of the country, especially the North, for his avowed determination to make another run for the presidency of Nigeria at a later date.