Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Thursday, has nominated eighteen persons as the state Commissioners and members of the state’s executive council.
The Governor has subsequently sent the names to the Delta State House of Assembly for confirmation.
This was contained in a letter addressed to the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon, Sheriff Oborevwor.
The names of the nominess were also read at the plenary on Thursday.
According to the letter, the Governor stated that the appointment of the new Commissioners became imperative in pursuit of ‘the administration’s agenda of a stronger Delta.’
The governor also stated the nomination of members of the State Executive Council was in accordance with the powers vested on him by section 192, subsection 2 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
Those nominated by the governor for appointment as commissioners are; Mr. Charles Aniagwu; Dr. Bare Gbe; Hon. Julius Egbedi; Mr. Ifeanyi Egwuyenga; Mrs Flora Alatan; Chief Arthur Akpowowo; Chief Festus Ochonogor.
Others include; Engr. Jonathan Ukodhiko; Hon. Evelyn Oboro; Engr. Noel Omodon; Mr. Churchill Amagada; Chief Fidelis Tilije; Mrs Rose Ezewu; Engr. Lawrence Ejiofor; Princess Shola Ogbemi-Daibo; Mr. Chris Onogba; Barr. Kate Onianwa, and Mr. Johnbull Edema.
Recall that The New Diplomat had reported that Okowa, on May 18, sacked 25 Commissioners in the State, Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff Government House, Senior Political Adviser, among others.
According to the immediate past Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu.
However, The New Diplomat understands that the move might not be unconnected from the crisis in the Delta State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Okowa and some PDP stalwarts in Delta State are at loggerhead over the decision on the flagbearer of the party in the upcoming 2023 gubernatorial election. The crisis has also triggered the resignation of some PDP chieftains in the state.
The New Diplomat had reported that three top PDP members in Oshimili North, Delta State have resigned their membership of the party, citing unfair treatment and undeserving suspension for alleged anti-party activities.