By David Olalekan.
Barely six weeks after the resignation of Taiwo Akerele as the Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, another cabinet member, Mr Paul Ohonbamu has relinquished his position as the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation.
Ohonbamu, who disclosed that his resignation took effect from Thursday (today), said: “Without setting a precedent, I have decided to step aside as cabinet member and operate outside it for the general good of Edo State and pursuit of happiness for the citizens.”
Ahead of the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for Monday, June 22, there are indications that Governor Obaseki may have grown deeply unpopular in the state following the high-profile exit from his administration.
Towing the path of the former information commissioner, it was gathered that several other senior aides were planning their exit from the Obaseki-led government.
Recall that the faction of the APC loyal to the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had in a meeting on May 27 adopted a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), and two-time governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as their consensus candidate for the primary.
It was also learnt that six governorship aspirants had in the meeting stepped down for Ize-Iyamu.
They include Dr. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Major Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), Hon. Johnson Agbonyima, Saturday Uwulekhue and Prof. Ebegue Amadasun.