The Edo State Commissioner for Minerals, Oil, and Gas, Joseph Ikpea has resigned from his position ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
Ikpea is the third commissioner to resign from Governor Godwin Obaseki’s cabinet in the last three months. In his resignation letter dated September 9, the commissioner disclosed that the Obaseki-led administration did not acknowledge his leadership role.
He also noted that it was difficult for him to abandon his supporters, as 90 percent of them are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ikpea also highlighted that he stepped down from his position because of a lack of trust and respect.
The letter read: “This is to inform you that I am resigning from my present appointment. I want to sincerely thank his Excellency, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for the opportunity given to me to serve under his administration as the Commissioner for Minerals, Oil, and Gas.
“One of the reasons why I am resigning is that politics is all about interest, trust, and respect for one another, but I have never seen anything of this till date, and I am also not sure of it even if there is tomorrow.
“Moreover, the party that’s known today as All Progressive Congress (APC), was brought to Esan south LGA by me, and over 90% of my supporters are APC members till date, so it is difficult to leave the house I built.
“Considering also that this administration did not recognised my leadership role, even as commissioner I get information either from ward Chairman, LGA Chairman, or SSA to Mr. Governor.”