Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has, on Thursday, approved the appointment of Mr Stewart Efe as the state’s new Commissioner for Communication and Orientation.
Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., in a statement, said the appointment takes effect immediately.
The appointment of Efe follows the resignation of Paul Ohonbamu, who, until Thursday, was the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, before resigning his appointment.
According to reports, Ohonbamu’s resignation is connected with the lingering crisis between the incumbent governor, Obaseki, and the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Ohonbamu, in a letter tendered to effect his resignation, claimed that he resigned his position for the general good and pursuit of happiness, just as he appreciated the governor for the opportunity to serve in his government.
The former commissioner stated:
I hereby tender my letter of resignation as a commissioner in Edo state this 4th day of June.
I have decided to step aside as a cabinet member and operate outside it for the general good of Edo state. I remain eternally grateful to His Excellency, the governor for including me in his purposeful and sophisticated administration.
His resignation is coming a month after the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr Taiwo Akherele, resigned and two weeks before the APC primary in the state.
The tension created by Obaseki and Oshiomhole has seen more government officials resign from their position in Obaseki’s cabinet as the party’s gubernatorial primary slated for 22nd of June, 2020, draws near.
News emanating from the Heartbeat of the Nation revealed that the Obaseki issued a stern warning to Oshiomhole telling him to stay away from the primary election.
This came a few hours after he submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms and 24 hours after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari who, according to Obaseki, offered his support.