Edo election news: 42 Obaseki’s appointees resign ahead of poll [Full list]

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    edo election news

    Wale Odunsi, Daily Post NG

    As the Edo governorship election day nears, Edo election news has continued to tell of appointees of Governor Godwin Obaseki continuing to resign on a weekly basis.

    The number has hit 42 and there are speculations that more will tender their resignation.

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed September 19 for the poll.

    Many of those who dumped the governor are staunch members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    They refused to join Obaseki when he moved to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

    The governor defected when the APC disqualified him from participating in the primary.

    Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the PDP candidate in 2016, emerged the APC flagbearer. Obaseki, the APC candidate in 2016, had predicted the development.

    He explained that his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, brought in Ize-Iyamu from the PDP just to settle scores.

    In Edo election news last week, Oshiomhole, ex-APC National Chairman, stated that he made a mistake supporting Obaseki to become Edo helmsman. Obaseki was the Chairman, Edo State Economic and Strategy Team, when Oshiomhole was governor.

    According to Edo election news, no fewer than 42 of his appointees have dropped their appointments.

    Recent instances include Patrick Iyoha, Director of Obaseki/Shaibu Movement (OSM) and a member of the Waste Management Board.

    Three members in the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Area Development Commission (EDSOGPADEC) Board – Osamwonyi Atu, Emmanuel Odigie, and Rilwanu Oshiomhole, representing Edo-South, Edo-Central, and Edo-North respectively.

    Two members, including Gabriel Oiboh, Chairman, State Post Primary Education Board, left too.

    Former Chief of Staff, Taiwo Akerele was the first major appointee who resigned.

    Paul Ohonbamu, Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, also bade Obaseki farewell.

    Below are full list of the 42 ex-appointees.

    Taiwo Akerele – Chief of Staff
    John Mayaki – Chief Press Secretary
    Paul Ohonbamu – Commissioner
    Omua Oni-Okpako – Commissioner
    Monday Ogiegor – MD EDSTMA
    Christopher Adesotu – Chairman, Vocational and Technical Education Board
    Gabriel Oiboh – Chairman, Post Primary Education Board
    Osanyemwere Osawe – Member, Post Primary Education Board
    Fulani Yakubu Ekpeyoung – SSA
    Adeyanju Noah – SSA
    Cordelia M. Iyogun – SSA
    James Osheku – SSA
    Louis Osamuyi Osayande – SSA
    Ernest Unuaghon imina – SSA
    Prince Lucky Igbinedion – SSA
    Chris Oseiwe Oribhabor – SSA
    Solomon Okoduwa – SSA
    Kennedy Itepu – SSA
    Sabbath Egbeyon – SSA
    Emike Obazee – SA
    Goodluck A. Uyigue – SA
    Razaq Rotimi – SA
    Olajide Victor Oloruyomi – SA
    Smart Bank – SA
    Bright Njor – SA
    Kingsley Ekueme – SA
    Joshua Akhabue – SA
    Oladele Ayotope Josiah – SA
    Boyi Magdalene – SA
    Osarobo Osaro Anthony – SA
    Aibangbee Chico – SA
    Obayagbona Augustine – SA
    Osamwonyi Atu – EDSOGPADEC
    Emmanuel Odigie – EDSOGPADEC
    Rilwanu Oshiomhole – EDSOGPADEC
    Okondoh Patrick Iyoha – OSM Director
    Maureen Osaro Ekhoragbon – Vice-Chairman Ovia North-East
    Aghedo Oscar – Secretary Ovia North-East
    Kehinde Garrick Osemwingie – Secretary, Uhumwonde LGC
    Otaniyen Igbinosa – Orhiomwon Supervisor
    Martins Ozakpolor – Orhiomwon Supervisor
    Vincent Ehibor – Orhiomwon Supervisor

    However, Obaseki has boasted that the PDP will win the election by 75 percent.

    In latest Edo election news, in reaction to speculations of animosity, his deputy Phillip Shaibu, says his loyalty is to Obaseki.

    Shaibu accused Oshiomhole “and his rejected son Ize-Iyamu” of conducting their political affairs in a primitive way.




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