Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has sacked four commissioners for refusing to defect with him from the PDP to the APC.
Five other special advisers have also been sacked for the same reason.
In a statement released Monday, Christian Ita, chief press secretary to Ayade, announced their dismissal.
Rita Anyim was one of the commissioners who publicly disclaimed Ayade for forcibly converting the PDP state secretariat to the APC secretariat and using armed policemen.
Mike Usibe and former commissioner for information Asu Okang are among those who criticized Ayade’s actions.
Personal aides and special advisers who lost their appointments are Leo Inyambe, Orok Otu Duke, Victor Okon (aka Alausa), John Etim Bassey, and former House of Assembly member Agbiji Mbeh Agbiji.
All of them have been ordered by Governor Ayade to immediately return all government property to them, including official vehicles, documents and houses.
There are also many of his aides and commissioners who are unhappy with the Governor’s defection, and they may soon be shown the way as well.
While the governor met with top APC officials on Saturday, he announced new appointments of APC chieftains and repositioned the party.