By Osahon Osahon
Edo State Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Mrs. Omoua Oni-Okpaku, has resigned her appointment with the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led government.
Mrs Oni-Okpaku tendered her resignation letter on Friday in Benin, the state capital.
The former commissioner hails from Owan (Afenmai) axis of Edo North Senatorial District. The same district with former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
Although her letter of resignation had not been made public but multiple sources within her ministry confirmed the development on Friday.
It was gathered that Oni-Okpaku’s appointment was at the instance of Oshiomhole.
It further gathered that she is among the commissioners who declined to follow Obaseki to defect to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he is seeking a re-election.
But, when our correspondent put a call to her mobile phone, a female voice which claimed to be Personal Assistant to the Commissioner, confirmed the story to be true.
When asked what were the reasons for the resignation, she simply responded: “only Oni-Okpaku herself can respond to that.”
A top government official who did not want to be mentioned, confirmed the rumor of Oni-Okpaku’s resignation.
He however added that they have been doubting her total commitment to the government.
He said: “I am also just hearing that, but in recent times we have been noticing her non-committal attitude to this government.”
It would be recalled that some top members of the Obaseki-led Exco had resigned their membership at the twilight of his first term as Governor.
First to throw in the towel was Obaseki’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Taiwo Akerele, followed by the then Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu.
Also, several Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants have resigned their appointment with the government, in the past few weeks after the Governor pitched tents with the PDP.