The commissioner for commerce and industry in Ogun, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, may have altered the political calculation in the state as he reportedly resigned his appointment to contest for the governorship election in 2019.
His action is against the decision of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who is believed to have endorsed a candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, as his successor.
The report said Ashiru is an Ijebu man and is seeking to contest on the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He was reportedly adopted in 2017 as Ijebu-Remo (Ogun east senatorial district) consensus governorship candidate.
He is also described as the longest serving commissioner in the ministry.
Legit.ng understands that Ashiru has even obtained the APC nomination form which qualifies him as one of aspirants vying for governorship seat in the primaries billed for September 25.
Ashiru, according to the report, submitted his resignation letter to the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) on Monday, September 10.
“Yes, I have tendered my resignation letter this morning to pursue my governorship ambition.
“You will recall that my people from Ijebu and Remo picked me as a consensus governorship candidate since last year; they also bought me an APC nomination form recently to contest for the seat.
“So, I must hear the clarion call from the good people of Ijebu-Remo to further serve my fatherland in higher capacity, and as a true son of my father and law-abiding citizen, I must quit my present office to be able to fully partake in the primaries as directed by our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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“I therefore expressed my appreciation to the governor and all the good people of Ogun state for allowing me to serve my fatherland meritoriously.
“I am looking forward to your usual support as I step forward for next move which is governorship seat,” Ashiru said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state emerged the candidate for ‘Ogun Central’ senatorial race on Tuesday, September 11, as he and elders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), unveiled consensus candidates for National Assembly ahead of the party's primaries.