By Osahon Osahon
The Commissioner for Minerals, Oil and Gas in Edo State, Mr. Joseph Ikpea, has resigned from Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration.
Ikpea’s resignation is coming 10 days to conduct of the Edo State governorship election slated for September 19.
The commissioner reportedly tendered his resignation letter on Wednesday.
Obaseki is contesting September 19 governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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This brings to three the number of serving commissioners that have resigned from Obaseki’s government ahead of the election.
In his resignation letter dated 9 September, and addressed to Governor Obaseki, Ikpea cited reason of trust, respect and interest for his resignation.
He also attributed his reason to his inability to abandon the party (All Progressives Congress) he has helped to nurture in his council area and the state in general.
“Politics is all about interest, trust and respect for one another, but I have never seen any of this till date, and I am also not sure of it even if I am there tomorrow.
“Moreover, the party that is known today as APC was brought to Esan South East by me and over 90 percent of my supporters are APC members till date.
“So, it is difficult for me to leave the house that I built. Considering also that this administration didn’t recognise my leadership role,” he stated.
Ikpea however said he would always be available to provide support to the government whenever called upon to do so.
Recall Obaseki’s government had in recent weeks lost other two serving commissioners.