UPDATED: Six Rivers Commissioners Resign Amid Legislative Upheaval  - The Top Society

UPDATED: Six Rivers Commissioners Resign Amid Legislative Upheaval 

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Nyesom Wike and Governor of Rivers State, Siminialayi Fubara

Six out of eighteen commissioners of the Rivers State government have tendered their resignations from Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s Executive Council on Wednesday.

The upheaval unfolded concurrently with a dramatic shift in the State House of Assembly, where all 27 members defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), gathering at the Assembly quarters despite the recent demolition of the House of Assembly complex by the government. This move defied an ex-parte injunction granted by Justice M.W. Danagogo.

On Tuesday, leveraging the injunction, four House members convened, received, and swiftly passed Governor Fubara’s 2024 Appropriation Bill, which the governor subsequently signed during a ceremony that was already underway.

Political Turmoil in Rivers as Three More Commissioners Resign 

The shakeup continued as news broke of the resignation of key commissioners, notably including Attorney-General and Justice Commissioner, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor, a longstanding associate of former Governor Wike who had been part of the initial appointees. Adangor previously served in the same capacity during Wike’s tenure as the Governor.

Other commissioners who submitted their resignations were George Kelly-Alabor (Works), Isaac Kamalu (Finance), Emeka Woke (Special Duties), Inime Aguma (Special Welfare and Rehabilitation), and Prince Chinedu Nmom (Education).

Kelly-Alabor, who had previously held the same position during Governor Wike’s administration, attributed his decision to resign to conscience, personal principles, and professional ethics. Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to serve the state, he stated that the choice to step down came after deep introspection.

Woke, former Chief of Staff under Wike’s administration, confirmed his resignation without providing a specific reason, while Aguma cited personal matters and “other pressing commitments” as the basis for his departure.

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