Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has sacked four of his commissioners, and five other aides.
Naija News understands that Ayade relieved the commissioners of their appointment after they refused to join him in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement on Monday signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, the governor directed that all those affected should return government property in their possession with immediate effect.
The statement reads: “The state governor, His Excellency Prof Ben Ayade has approved the sack of the following persons of their appointments as commissioners: Mr. Mike Usibe, Rita Ayim, Mr. Asu Okang, Ntufam Donatus Etim.
“Similarly, the under-listed persons have also been relieved of their appointments; Leo Inyambe, Rt Hon. Orok Otu Duke Mr. Victor Okon (Alausa) ,Mr. John Etim Bassey, Hon. Agbiji Mbeh Agbiji.
“Consequently, they are hereby directed to return government properties and vehicles in their care with immediate effect to the Chief of Staff to the governor His Excellency thanks them for their services to the state and wishes them well in their future endeavours.”
However, one of the commissioners, Ntufam Donstus Etim, had already resigned his appointment on May 21, 2021, before his sack.