The former governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa, and loyalists of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and All Progressives Congress, APC, have been carefully schemed out of the new list of commissioners put together by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The new list, which took political watchers by storm, is largely made up of the old members of the dissolved State Executive Council.
Okorocha named Chike Okafor, Uche Mbanaso, Gerry Okolie, Mrs. Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro, Nick Oparandudu, Kenneth Emelu and his inlaw, Uche Nwosu as his nominees.
Others include Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, Professor Uba Nnabue, Mrs. Love Onyechere, Uche Ejiogu, Charles Osundu Uche and Professor Okey Magnus Okoro.
Vanguard recalls that when Okorocha hosted the national leadership of University of Ibadan in Government House, Owerri, he promised that individuals from all parts of the country would be accommodated in the new commissioners list.
Similarly, the Governor emphatically declared at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre, while doling out awards to deserving members of the old cabinet that “only those given the awards will be brought back to office but with different portfolios”.
Some members of All Progressives Congress, who spoke on strict grounds of anonymity, wondered why none of their loyalists was considered good enough for any slot.
“We had honestly expected an all inclusive cabinet in line with our new understanding. Our inclusion would have further cemented the bond that ought to exist among members of APC”, the politician said.
It was his considered opinion that “since about 15 persons have been nominated, they have virtually taken up all the existing ministries and one wonders what hope any other person may have in making the list”.
As at the time of going to press, it was not very clear what the loyalists of CPC and former Action Congress of Nigeria will do in the face of the current realities.