Political appointees in Oyo state woke up to a rude shock on Monday as the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, terminated their appointments during an executive council meeting held with them in his office in the morning.
Sources told PREMIUM TIMES that none of the governor’s aides had any inkling of the fate that awaited them until their boss made the announcement.
Governor Ajimobi, in a statement signed by the Director of Cabinet in the state’s civil service, Dotun Omokemi, confirmed the sack.
It was a total purge as all members of the state cabinet, including the secretary to the state government, Akin Olajide; Chief of Staff, Adeolu Akande; all the commissioners as well as special advisers were affected, leaving only the governor and his deputy, Moses Alake Adeyemo, behind.
The release by the state government said the governor decided to do away with the former aides in order to create space for fresh blood he intends to inject into governance ‘in the quest to serve the state better’.
While thanking them for the services they rendered, Mr. Ajimobi directed all the sacked commissioners to hand over to the permanent secretaries in their various ministries.