Borno Governor dissolves cabinet

Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, dissolved his cabinet on Friday.

The dissolution is the first since Mr. Shettima was sworn into office over three years ago.

The dissolution was announced amidst brewing controversy between the governor and his erstwhile godfather, Ali Sheriff.

Both men were members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, with some of the commissioners allegedly nominated and loyal to Mr. Sheriff, the immediate past governor of the state, who helped his successor to office.

Mr. Sheriff has since decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Sources close to the governor said the sack of the commissioners was a welcome development which was long overdue. The governor is now expected to appoint his loyalists as commissioners as he prepares for his re-election campaign in 2015.

According to the statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Baba Jidda, the dissolution of the cabinet takes effect from August 8.

All sacked commissioners were also directed to return their official cars and other government property to the government house, and hand over to the permanent secretaries in each ministry.

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