- An Ebonyi commissioner, Lazarus Ogbee, has resigned his appointment in Governor Umahi's cabinet
- Ogbee sent his resignation letter to the governor on Thursday, November 12
- The former House of Reps member, however, did not state exactly why he was leaving his job
Just days after the governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi, reportedly informed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of his plan to leave for the All Progressives Congress (APC), one of his commissioners has resigned.
ThisDay reports that Ebonyi's commissioner for Inter-Governmental Affairs, Lazarus Ogbee, announced his resignation in a letter to the governor.
In the letter dated Thursday, November 12, Ogbee chose not to disclose his reason for leaving his job in the defecting governor's executive cabinet.
He, however, thanked the governor for choosing him to serve the Ebonyi people in the first place and his party, PDP, for supporting him in his role in the Umahi cabinet.
The commissioner also returned all government properties in his possession, including an official car.
Before becoming a commissioner, Ogbee represented Ebonyi's Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a lawmaker in the southeast state, Chris Usulor, said he would not join Governor Umahi in his planned defection to the APC.
Usulor, who currently represents Ezza South Constituency in Ebonyi state House of Assembly, made this known during a live phone-in radio programme.
He gave reasons for his decision.
Umahi was reported to have told the Prince Uche Secondus-led national leadership of the PDP that he is ready to leave the opposition party.
This, he said, was to help him achieve his political ambition in 2023.
However, the PDP is said to be making last-minute moves to stop Umahi from defecting to the APC.
The National Working Committee party at a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, November 10, tried to dissuade the Ebonyi state governor from joining the ruling party.
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