The Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Barr. Paul Ohonbamu has resigned his appointment.
The Commissioner submitted his resignation letter on Thursday, which was addressed to governor Godwin Obaseki.
According to him, he has “decided to step aside as a cabinet member and operate outside it for the general good of Edo State and pursuit of happiness for the citizens.”
Ohonbamu’s resignation comes barely a month after the governor’s ex-Chief of Staff, Taiwo Akerele left his position, amid the trend of high-profile exit from the Obaseki-administration
Reliable sources in the Government House say, several other senior aides, including serving Commissioners, are planning their exit ahead of the Edo 2020 governorship election.
The latest resignation comes weeks to the Edo All Progressive Congress (APC) primaries, in which Obaseki is seeking to fly the party’s ticket in the September 19 governorship election.
The governor, however, has top contenders to battle to clinch the APC ticket, including a former Secretary to State Government and Peoples Democratic Party 2016 governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Rumours are rife that the now resigned Commissioner had pledged loyalty to Adams Oshiomhole, Obaseki’s estranged godfather and national chairman of the APC. Both Obaseki and Oshiomhole have been at loggerheads for some time now.
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Meanwhile, following the resignation of Barr. Paul Ohonbamu, Stewart Efe has been appointed as his replacement.
The appointment was announced in a statement on Thursday signed by Barr. Osarodion Ogie, Secretary to the Edo State Government.
According to Ogie, the appointment which takes “immediate effect” was approved by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
“The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has approved the appointment of Mr Stewart Efe as Commissioner for Communication and Orientation. His appointment takes immediate effect,” he said.
Mr. Efe, until his appointment was the Public Relations Officer, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Benin City, Edo State.
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