Amby Uneze in Owerri
For not managing the image of the governor and that of his government properly, especially as it relates to the recent rumour over the alleged death of the governor, Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has sacked the Commissioner for Information, Public Utilities and Tourism, Chief Vitalis Orikeze Ajumbe, Special Adviser on Public Affairs and Enlightenment, Kelechi Okpalaeke, and the Transition Committee Chairman of Ikeduru Local Government Area, Hon. Obinna Nshirim.
Okpaleke was also the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy/Director General and State Orientation Agency (ISOA).
They have seized to serve with immediate effect as appointees of the state government.
Although the government did not give reasons for their sack, but wished them well in their future endeavours, THISDAY checks revealed that their sudden sack might not be unconnected with the way and manner the information relating to the wide-spread rumour of the governor’s death was managed.
The governor through his Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo had previously denied that he ever wrote or instructed any member of his executive to reply on his behalf, the letter written to him, by his predecessor, Dr Ikedi Ohakim, whose letter was variously described by pundits as very timely and apt.
Onwuemeodo, had in a statement titled ‘Okorocha has not replied former Governor Ikedi Ohakim’s invidious open letter’, said the public should note that Okorocha has not replied any letter to Ohakim.
Okorocha’’s denial and subsequent sack of his Information Commissioner was a surprise development to most Imolites, because Ajumbe, had released a rejoinder, where he defended his boss.
“This is to inform the public that Okorocha has not replied the invidious open letter written against him and his government by Ohakim,” the statement said.