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Update: Why Gov. Udom fired two of his commissioners

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Akwa Ibom state Governor Udom Emmanuel has fired two of his commissioners who received former Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio at the airport in Uyo.

TheNewsGuru reports the two commissioners fired by Governor Udom are his commissioner of culture and tourism, Victor Antai and his commissioner for labour, productivity and manpower planning, Ibanga Akpabio.

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Both commissioners were seen among a jubilant crowd who thronged the Uyo Airport to welcome Akpabio yesterday ahead of his public defection to the All Progressives Congress today.

However, a statement issued yesterday evening by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Emmanuel Ekuwem, said Mr Antai and Mr Akpabio were sacked from the State Executive Council because of their “reluctance to comply with good governance processes of government”.

Mr Akpabio, who recently resigned from office as the Senate minority leader, ignited a political storm in Akwa Ibom over his planned defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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He recently rounded-up a marathon visit to APC leaders, which had him traveling to London to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a 10-day vacation.


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