Governor Obaseki's chief of staff resigns appointment

Governor Obaseki's chief of staff resigns appointment

- Taiwo Akerele, the chief of staff to Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki, has thrown in the towel

- Akerele did not say much about his reasons for deciding to move on from the governor's cabinet

- Reports, however, claim that he was displeased with being sidelined by the governor

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state's chief of staff, Taiwo Akerele has resigned his appointment.

The Nation reports on Saturday, April 25 that Akerele threw in the towel after accusing the governor of sidelining him in state matters., however, notes that this was not included in the former chief of staff's letter and could not be immediately verified.

Although Akerele stated clearly that he remained loyal to the governor's dream of transforming the south-south state, he noted that it was time he watched from the sidelines.

In his resignation letter dated April 25, 2020, Akerele wrote: “My decision to exit the government is based on administrative and governance grounds.

“I am solidly with His Excellency, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, in his quest to transform Edo State. His mission and vision resonate with mine.

“This is all I have to say, I will like to be given the opportunity to go private as I part ways administratively with the government, based on principles.

Governor Obaseki's chief of staff resigns appointment
Governor Obaseki appointed Taiwo Akerele as his chief of staff on November 14, 2016.
Source: UGC

“I thank His Excellency for the opportunity given to me to serve in this capacity and also thanks to His Royal Majesty, Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, for his immense leadership and support during the period I served in this capacity. May his reign be long and peaceful. Amen”

Akerele, an indigene of Igarra in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, was appointed chief of staff to the governor on November 14, 2016.

The state government has yet to respond to the resignation. notes that Akerele had survived a purge of Governor Obaseki's cabinet in later 2019.

The governor of Edo sacked all his 264 aides representing wards and local government areas in the state.

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The aides that were sacked on Wednesday, October 2, comprised 192 special assistants, 54 senior special assistants and 18 special assistants.

The development was confirmed by Osarodion Ogie, the secretary to the state, who said that the sack was in keeping with Governor Obaseki's plan to restructure the government for better delivery of service. ( -> We keep evolving to serve our readers better.

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