The Edo state commissioner for Minerals, Oil and Gas,Joseph Ikpea, has resigned his appointment.
This makes him the third commissioner to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC even as the state is set to go the polls in 10 days.
The first two commissioners who recently resigned are Paul Ohonbamu (Communication and Orientation) and Ms. Omua Oni-Okpaku (Environment and Sustainability).i
Ikpea, in his resignation letter dated September 9 and addressed to Governor Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), cited trust, respect and interest as responsible for his resignation.
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He said he found it very difficult to abandon the APC, which, according to him, he helped to nurture in his local government and at the state level.
The commissioner said: “Politics is all about interest, trust and respect for one another, but I have never seen any of these to date.
“The party that is known today as the APC was brought to Esan Southeast Local Government by me and over 90 per cent of my supporters are APC members to date.
“So, it is difficult for me to leave the house I have built, considering also that Obaseki’s administration did not recognise my leadership role.
“I will always be available to provide support to the Obaseki government, whenever I am called upon to do so.”