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Abia chief of staff suspended for spraying money on Odumeje

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By Olisemeka Obeche and Yolamchi Ukaga

Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has slammed an indefinite suspension on his chief of staff, Dr Anthony Agbazuere, following the public outrage that trailed a video clip showing him splashing the cash on Prophet Chukwuemeka Odumeje, inside his Government House, Umuahia office.

According to a terse statement signed by the secretary to the Abia state government, Barrister Chris Ezem, the “Abia state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the immediate suspension from office of the chief of staff to the governor, Dr ACB Agbazuere. Thank you.”

Agbazuere, a former general manager of the Abia State Passenger Insurance Manifest and Safety Scheme (ASPIMS) was appointed to the office by Governor Ikpeazu in November 2019.

Agbazuere, holder of a doctorate degree in law, is also a former chairman of the Abia state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, a former elected chairman of Isiala Ngwa South local government area and a former commissioner for information and strategy.

However, his reign as Governor Ikpeazu’s confidante came under serious threat over the weekend after he was caught on camera ‘spraying’ money to the eccentric Onitsha-based cleric in his office. The video clip of the controversial show-off, sighted by Orient Daily, has been trending on the internet. Odumeje, is the founder of Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention Deliverance Ministry, Onitsha, Anambra state.

Since the controversial video popped up on the internet, there have been calls for Agbazuere’s sack and not many were surprised that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had taken the option to suspend him over the embarrassing gaffe.

Those who spoke on the matter on the social media argued that he had desecrated the exalted office and should be sacked.

 “The position of the chief of staff to the governor should come with high moral behaviour that drives leadership interactions. If I were to be the governor of Abia state, Dr. A.B.C. Agbazuere would have lost this position the minute I saw this video. As a governor, there must be a culture of ethical behaviours for every politically appointed person. The governor must set that tone”, E. J. Enwagboso, who shared the video wrote.

“You cannot be dancing, and spraying money for the cameras in your office. That’s a bad reflection on the office of the governor of Abia state. It shows a ridiculous level of being flippant in the corridors of power. This is a disrespectful attitude to Abians. He should be relieved of his post. The sack should be a Christmas gift to Abia state.”

Buchy Yogba, described the attitude of the embattled CoS as a reflection of the mindset of top government officials in the state. “They are all joking at the Govt House, Umuahia. They are casually running the state anyhow they like. No pressure, no commitment, no sense of urgency. Money is circulating only among the few political class while a larger number of the society struggle daily for economic survival.”

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