- With the Edo governorship election approaching, Governor Godwin Obaseki seems to be losing more of his cabinet members
- The Edo state commissioner for minerals, oil and gas, Joseph Ikpea has thrown in the towel
- Ikpea in a letter addressed to Governor Obaseki cited reasons of trust, respect, and interest for his resignation
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Joseph Ikpea, Edo state commissioner for minerals, oil and gas has resigned from the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki with ten days to the state's governorship election.
Ikpea who resigned his position on Wednesday, September 9, pledged his support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Vanguard reports.
The former commissioner cited reasons of trust, respect, and interest for his resignation in the letter dated Wednesday, September 9, and addressed to Obaseki.
Ikpea who threw in the towel went on to attribute his resignation to his inability to abandon APC which he has helped to nurture in his council area and Edo state.
“Moreover, the party that is known today as APC was brought to Esan South East by me and over 90 percent of my supporters are APC members till date. So, it is difficult for me to leave the house that I built. Considering also that this administration didn’t recognise my leadership role,” he said.
Ikpea's departure is coming after Obaseki lost a number of cabinet members including his chief of staff, Taiwo Akerele, Paul Ohonbamu, the commissioner for communication and orientation, and Dame Omoua Oni-Okpaku, the commissioner for environment and public utilities among others.
It would be recalled that Ohonbamu resigned from the administration of Governor Obaseki. Seun Okin, Channels TV political correspondent, broke the news on his Twitter page on Thursday, June 4.
Ohonbamu did not disclose why he was leaving the governor's administration.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Obaseki has declared his readiness to accept defeat in the coming governorship election in Edo state. However, he said this is based on the condition that he was beaten fairly.
Obaseki disclosed this when he spoke with reporters after his visit to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The governor who insisted that he is sure of a convincing victory said he is still worried about the security of voters in the state. According to him, his visit to the IGP is about security.
In another development, an ardent supporter of Obaseki and publisher, Lukman Akemokue, has said Ize-Iyamu and the ex-national chairman of the Adams Oshiomhole will face defeat in the hands of well-meaning Edo people at the poll.
According to Akemolue, Governor Obaseki's victory at the forthcoming Edo governorship election on Saturday, September 19 is sacrosanct.
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