Edo State Government, yesterday, said there was nothing wrong with the resignations of some commissioners in the state. Special Adviser to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Mr Tony Iyare, in a statement said, “our attention has been drawn to deliberate misinformation, innuendoes and outright mischief in the media, arising from recent development in Edo State arising from cabinet changes.
“Contrary to insinuations in some section of the media that are almost gloating in sensational and misleading headlines, there’s nothing abnormal about the resignations and shedding off of some commissioners as part of the on-going cabinet changes and reshuffle being undertaken by Governor Oshiomhole.
“Therefore, the spurious comment by Mr Dan Orbih, Edo State chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, that this represents not just a major crack in the administration, but a volte face on the government’s avowed ‘one-man, one-vote’ campaign is also largely misplaced and a figment of his imagination.
“You will appreciate that after two years of the administration, the Governor needed to reappraise, rejig, renew and reposition his team for more vigorous performance. His vision is to bring in fresh forces in order to re-invigorate his team and place it on a higher motion. This is a normal process of change. That this is coming after the primaries of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, is merely coincidental.
“As part of this process, two commissioners, Dr Moses Momoh (Health) and Engineer Jackson Eribo (Special Duties and Oil and Gas) were dropped, two, Engr. Francis Evbuomwan and Mr. Ochie Ojeabu, both now in charge of Works and Lands and Survey respectively, were sworn in while four other aides resigned. This is not particularly different from developments in many other states.”
“So what makes Edo different? Apart from the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Tunde Lakoju, who resigned on account of misgivings with the outcome of the ACN primaries, the two others who resigned earlier were technocrats, who had little to do with the last primaries.
“Dr Ngozi Osarenren, the commissioner for Education who was recently elevated to the rank of professor is returning to the University of Lagos as part of a mandatory practice by her employer while Mr Ahonsi Onuigbe, the commissioner for Budget and Economic Development is also returning to Stanbic IBTC from where he has been on loan to serve the Edo State government,” he aded.
“The Head of Service, Dr Simeon Imoukheme whose invaluable wealth of experience spans three Governors and has been of utmost benefit to the administration, also informed the cabinet of his plans to disengage from service. In spite of pressure on Imoukheme to stay on since age and length of service allows him to continue for five more years, he has opted to leave voluntarily.
:”While the Governor thanked them for their immense services to the administration, the respective aides have expressed their willingness to avail the government of their services in whatever capacity in future. If anything the outcome of both the ward congresses and the primaries of the ACN in Edo State has underscored the ‘One Man, One Vote’ campaign as it has thrown up fresh forces in the contest for political space. That is a significant achievement that needs to be consolidated,” he added.