- As the Edo governorship election approaches, Governor Godwin Obaseki seems to be losing some of his allies
- Just on Friday, July 24, the state's commissioner for environment and utilities, Dame Omoua Oni-Okpaku, resigned
- Oni-Okpaku, however, has not revealed her resignation for taking this decision
Dame Omoua Oni-Okpaku, the commissioner for environment and public utilities in Edo state on Friday, July 24, resigned from his office.
Oni-Okpaku's resignation came a few months after the commissioner for communication and orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, left office voluntarily.
Added to this, Governor Godwin Obaseki's chief of staff, Taiwo Akerele, had resigned in April, 2020, The Nation reports.
The latest report is coming at a time when the governor is seriously warming up for the forthcoming governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that one of Governor Obaseki's powerful ally, Peter Esele, had said that he would never follow his friend to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Esele said that his resolve to remain in the All Progressive Congress (APC) was influenced by a desire to achieve common interest for the party, despite lending support to the governor in his time of crisis.
He maintained: “As for me and my house, we’re going nowhere. I will not be leaving the APC. I have openly supported Mr Obaseki on the ground that the crises he was engaged in affected the party as a whole.
"My stand is for the collective and not for the individual. While he has chosen to move on, I will remain and carry on working with the collective.”
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Esele pointed out that he would remain in the ruling party in spite of the fact that Obaseki has chosen his own political path in the bid to retain the governorship seat.
Also, Akerele was reported to have resigned his appointment. Akerele threw in the towel after accusing the governor of sidelining him in state matters.
Legit.ng, however, gathered that this was not included in the former chief of staff's letter and could not be immediately verified.
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