By SIMON EBEGBULEM
THE Edo State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the state government, weekend, traded words over the resignation of some commissioners in the state.
While the PDP, led by its chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, described the situation as a sad development, and alleged failure by Governor Adams Oshiomhole to manage human and material resources, the state government through the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Peter Okhiria, described the PDP’s position as nonsensical, insisting that the exercise was carried out to strengthen the administration of Governor Oshiomhole.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Tunde Lakoju, had last week tendered his resignation. He also resigned from the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, citing what he described as the manipulation of the just concluded primaries of the party, where he ran for the Edo North senatorial ticket, as reason for his decision.
But before Dr Lakoju’s resignation, the Head of Service, Dr Simeon Imuekheme, Commissioners of Education, Mrs Ngozi Osariaren and Budget and Planning, Mr Ahonsi Unuigbe, gave notice of their withdrawal from the state Executive Council. While the Commissioner for Health, Dr Moses Momoh and that of Special Duties (Oil and Gas), Mr Jackson Eribo were sacked by the Governor.
However, Chief Orbih, who reacted to the situation said that “most of us are not surprised because we expected it. We have been saying it that this government cannot manage our resources earlier and even the human resources, the Governor could not manage.
The ACN primaries have marked the beginning of the end of Oshiomhole’s government. It has exposed the deceit and political recklessness of ACN government in Edo State. When he embarked on a fake campaign of one- man one-vote, we came out to condemn the act.”