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Ebonyi Exco members living on borrowed time


Chief David Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi may have shocked everyone when he refused to dissolve his cabinet during a valedictory state Executive Council (EXCO) session In Abakaliki.
But like the soothsayer in Julius Caesar told him, “the ides of March are come…but not gone.”
Yes, the Exco may not have been dissolved but they shouldn’t celebrate yet as pundits predict a major cabinet shake-up in Ebonyi.
It will be recalled that Umahi earlier ordered all commissioners and Special Advisers to prepare their handover notes before May 20th.
The tension in the air was evident when the Chief Press Secretary Emma Uzo in a post to a media WhatsApp forum wrote, “join us on Channels TV for Exco valedictory session. Umahi will dissolve his cabinet today. Pray for all of us to return.”
Umahi after thanking the EXCO members for their sacrifices and commitment during the past four years however announced that the council was not yet dissolved.
“Holding the valedictory session does not mean we have dissolved the EXCO.
“You will still occupy your various offices and discharge responsibilities accordingly.”
The governor thanked God for his guidance over the past four years, President Muhammadu Buhari among others including his estranged predecessor and former boss, Chief Martin Elechi.
“I will never forget Elechi because he was the ‘destiny helper’ that God brought to put me where I am and without him, I wouldn’t have been.
“For your information, we are talking presently and happy with each other.
He noted that apart from the infrastructural strides what mattered most to him in the past for years was the impact his administration made in the lives of the people.
“It is the number of people we released from hospitals for instance through the office of the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Religion and Welfare by paying their bills and rehabilitating them.
“I have no enemies or friends, my friendship is to work (hardwork) and even if you are my enemy and working hard, you are my friend.
The state Deputy Governor Dr Eric Igwe thanked the governor for giving the EXCO members the opportunity of serving in his administration, noting that it was a challenging but worthwhile experience.
“I have no regret serving or working with you and to inform you that no governor in Nigeria will have the privilege of working with great minds such as these EXCO members.
The EXCO members took turns in recounting their experiences while working with the governor and stating that it was a pleasure serving the state.


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