IMOKE SACKS AIDES
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR- GOVERNOR Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, Tuesday dissolved his cabinet just as life returned to the governor's office 32 days after he was sacked by the Supreme Court.
Imoke, after being declared winner of the February 25 governorship election and after being presented with the certificate of return, was yesterday sworn in by the state Chief Judge, Justice Dorathy Eyamba-Idem at the main bowl of the Cultural Centre, Calabar.
In his first executive meeting for his second tenure, Imoke dissolved the state exco and thanked the members for their contributions towards improving the lives of the people.
Speaking after the dissolution, one of the former commissioners told Vanguard that the dissolution was normal and that at the end of every tenure, the executive would be dissolved for a new cabinet to be constituted, adding that only the lucky former executive members would be re-appointed.
Meanwhile, the governor's office became lively again after about 32 days of inactivity. After the Supreme Court judgment, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Larry Odey, was sworn-in as the acting governor.
But the acting governor did not operate from the office which made the place to look deserted. Even some staff in governor's office did not take their work seriously. The office, however, started bubbling immediately Imoke took the oath of office as all the former commissioners and special adviser drove to the executive chambers for their meeting.