The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, has appointed 368 people as his personal assistants.
It was gathered that the Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Enobong Uwah, in a statement, disclosed that the appointees assumed duty on Sunday, 1 October, and their inauguration would be held on Monday (today).
According to the statement, the 368 aides were picked from all the 368 political wards by political leaders in the state.
The development comes after the governor’s victory was affirmed by the Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal headed by Justice Adekunle Adeleye on 30 September.
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In May, after his inauguration, Eno directed all political leaders in each of the wards to nominate one person from each ward for the appointment as his personal assistant.
According to the governor, the role of the appointees is to help him achieve political influence across the state.
Eno, however, is not the only governor who has given out a large number of appointments to political supporters.
Similarly, the Kano State, Abba Yusuf, in September, also appointed 94 social media influencers as media aides.
Hitherto, Yusuf had appointed 44 social media influencers as “special reporters”, making a total of 138 special reporters working for him.