- Agatha Onos, Governor Godwin Obaseki's senior special assistant on gender, has resigned from office
- Onos confirmed her resignation in a letter to her principal on Wednesday, August 5
- The former aide to the governor said that she left office on the basis of her loyalty to the APC
After his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his bid to retain his seat as governor of Edo, Godwin Obaseki has lost a lot of his allies to the ruling party.
Another of Governor Obaseki's top aide, Agatha Onos, his senior special assistant on gender, has resigned and joined the camp of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC's gubernatorial candidate in the state.
Onos, in a letter to the governor that confirms her latest decision, said that the move was born out of loyalty to her party and has nothing to do with personal interest.
The letter read: "After a wide consultation with my supporters, I hereby write to inform you of my decision to resign my appointment as a senior special assistant to the governor
"This is coming as a result of my loyalty to party All Progressives Congress (APC) through which I got the appointment. My party interest is greater than my personal interest.
"I want to use this opportunity to thank Mr. Governor Godwin Obaseki for the privilege to serve in his administration."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the special adviser to the governor on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, had dismissed as inconsequential, the recent defection of a few political appointees and other members of the Obaseki-led government to the APC.
In a statement sent to journalists on Monday, August 3, Osagie said the defection is easily traced to the monetised campaign of the opposition. He alleged that the APC is “buying the souls of persons within government to boost the morale of their ebbing supporters.”
“In a government with over 800 aides spanning different structures from the local government areas to the state level, the resignation of a few persons after we have moved to a new political party is quite insignificant. So, they are inconsequential in the scheme of things.
“We are very confident that Edo people are with us in this fight. Some people may be battle-weary and decide to jump ship. We hold no grudge against them. We are undeterred,” he said.
Similarly, the leadership of the Obaseki/Shaibu Movement (OSM) has described the purported resignation of Patrick Okoudoh Iyoha, as the state director-general of the group, as false.
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