Barely 24 hours after he took oath of office for a second term as governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, yesterday dissolved the State Executive Council, SEC, and all non statutory boards and parastatals.
Investigation showed that the SEC would have been dissolved about a week ago but majority of the members of the inauguration committee were serving commissioners and members of boards and parastatals.
Codewit gathered that many of the commissioners cleared their tables two weeks ago believing that they may be sacked before the inauguration of the governor for a second term in office.
It was gathered that the governor may forward names of three commissioners whose portfolios are key to the day to day running of administration of the state to the House of Assembly for approval.
However, intense underground lobbying was said to have started last week by former commissioners to return and others eyeing their positions from the 18 council areas of the state.
Traditional rulers, captains of industries and notable personalities in and outside the state are said to be mounting pressure on the governor to consider their candidates.
Announcing the dissolution, the governor who thanked the outgoing cabinet members and political office holders for selfless service and dedication to the State, assured them of his deep appreciation of their efforts in the past four years.
“I have always said that the good work we have been able to achieve has been as a result of the synergy and team effort put in by all of us at the cabinet as well as in other positions of responsibilities we have found ourselves since we came on board,” Mimiko said.
The statement was by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola.
In the statement, Mimiko said: “Through our collective efforts, rich debates, engaging arguments, agreements sometimes disagreements; we have provided responsible and dedicated leadership to the people. Diligence has been our watchword and for this I am very grateful to all of you.”
The governor listed the affected office holders as commissioners, chairmen and members of boards and parastatals; Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants and others who have served in positions other than statutory commissions.