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ANAMBRA 2021: Adviser denies encouraging Obiano to sack political appointees over Soludo as victim insists over 300 aides affected

Special Adviser on Political Matters, to Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, Hon. Ifeatu Obiokoye, has denied encouraging his boss to sack any political appointees for allegedly working against the candidacy of Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Obiano’s choice of successor on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State.

The governor had reportedly sacked over 100 political appointees believed to be working against Prof. Charles Soludo, the preferred candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the November 6 Governorship election in the State.

Speculations were rife that Obiokoye as political adviser to the governor had recommended the sack.

But, in a statement earlier today, Obiokoye distanced himself from the ‘ugly’ development, saying he had no hand whatsoever in the fate that had befallen any political appointee in the State.

“I am not even aware that the governor sacked any political appointee, let alone being the person that advised him to do so,” he protested. “As far as I’m concerned, there was nothing like that. To the best of my knowledge, there was no dismissal; there was no sack of anybody. Meanwhile, confirm from the Chief of Staff to the Governor.”

Meanwhile, one of the appointees allegedly sacked by the governor, a Senior Special Assistant, who did not want his name in print for fear of being victimized, said he was in an emergency meeting called at the instance of the governor to discuss the development.

“Actually, the information that I was already sacked was communicated to me orally from a reliable source. I was also able to see a printout showing all the sacked appointees. We’re as many as 300, not even 100 as claimed in some quarters.

“But in the early hours of Thursday, July 15, that is today, we were called to an emergency meeting of all political appointees. As we speak, I’m still in that meeting at the APGA Campaign Office in Awka. I may communicate the outcome to you, if the need be,” he explained.

However, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Primus Odili, did not pick his calls when called for clarification.

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