Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has dissolved the State Executive Council with immediate effect.
All cabinet members must immediately hand over to permanent secretaries or senior administrative officials in their respective offices, the governor’s spokesman, Ebenezer Adeniyan, said in a statement Wednesday.
According to the statement, all Senior Special Assistants (SSA) and Special Assistants (SA) are relieved of their duties, with immediate effect.
“All affected officials are directed to hand over all government properties in their possession.
“The Governor thanks the affected officials for their services and contributions to the development of the State,” the statement said.
Aiyedatiwa became governor following the death of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in a German hospital following a prolonged battle with prostate cancer.
Aiyedatiwa is expected to form another cabinet very soon.
The dissolution of the state executive council has been expected for a long time. Insiders said most commissioners saw it coming.
A commissioner and some special assistants resigned shortly after Aiyedatiwa took office.
Political analysts believe the move is aimed at consolidating his hold on power and drawing up plans for his gubernatorial bid in the upcoming elections.
Although he has not yet declared that he will run for governor in the November elections, there are strong indications that he will contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party in the state.