Against the backdrop of widespread speculations that the Akwa Ibom state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has concluded plans to effect cabinet shake up that may show some appointees the way out of the executive cabinet; the Senior Special Adviser on media/Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ekerete Udo says such speculation is unfounded and mere imagination of the speculators.
Udo who reacted to the issue through a phone call conversation with our correspondent stated that such plans have not been conceived nor discussed in any forum within the Government circle and as such should be discarded as farce.
“That is the kind of rumour peddled by jobless people and I don’t think I really want to join such issues. I think it is better for us to think of better things than dwell on baseless issues. Nothing of such is in the offing” he maintained.
It would be recalled that soon after the formation of his executive cabinet in June 2015, the Governor; Mr. Udom Emmanuel was faced with so much condemnation concerning his choice of appointees especially commissioners which was evident that over 60 per cent of those who saved in the previous administration of Senator Godswill Akpabio were re-appointed.
Such condemnations came from no mean personalities but the likes of Senator Anietie Okon, Rt. Hon. Ndueso Essien among other political leaders in the state whose standpoint then, pointed to the fact that the appointments by the Governor were greatly influenced by his predecessor, Godswill Akpabio.
In his reaction, Udom had explained that his decision to retain old and experienced hands was to ensure speedy completion of left over projects by the previous administration as well as save cost.
The recent speculation may not be unconnected to the fact that most people had concluded that Udome Emmanuel retained the old hands to calm the nerves of their constituents which support he would have needed in event of a rerun of his election.
The conclusion is that since the Supreme Court ruled in his favour, Udom may likely shake the old hands off to replace them with his contemporaries.
The CPS however discountenanced such speculations and called on all hands to be on deck to move the state forward with the recent victory at the Supreme Court rather than bring more distractions through false and baseless speculations.