14th March, 2012
Senator Liyel Imoke, the Cross River State governor seems set to reconstitute his Executive Council which he dissolved on 28 February shortly after taking oath of office for a second tenure.
Imoke on Tuesday, 13 March in a two-paragraph letter addressed to the Speaker and members of the state House of Assembly, asked for approval to employ 30 Special Advisers for his new cabinet.
Citing section 196 of the Constitution, Imoke said he has the authority to employ the services of Special advisers and said he counted on the cooperation of the House for a speedy approval of his request.
Hon Larry Odey, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, who read the letter to the members on Wednesday, assured the governor of a speedy and favourable approval of his request.
Imoke, who is yet to send the list of nominees for the post of commissioners is under severe pressure from the deluge of calls and visits from his supporters asking for appointment into his new cabinet.
A source close to the governor told P.M.NEWS that “where ever the governor goes, crowds of people follow him to ask for appointment but I know he is bidding his time to get the best.”
By Emma Una/Calabar