Edo Chief of Staff’s Resignation: Two Decisions, One Governor
In less than 42-hour, two key decisions were reached in Edo State.
First, a decision to resign and a decision to approve a replacement.
But the two decisions were centred around one man, the Governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki who stands as the burden bearer in both contests.
The weight of the two decisions raised sudden dust in the eyes of the beholders, considering the forthcoming Gubernatorial election in the state.
The news of the resignation of the Chief of Staff to Edo State Government, Francis Taiwo Akerele also had adverse effects on the relentless approaches and efforts to halt the deadly spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Although Francis T. Akerele may have ascribed Administrative and Governance as his reasons for the decision, that would have presumably caused panic-stricken minds within governance owing largely to the political bottleneck within the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, in the State.
Recall that Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló of Puerto Rico announced his resignation in 2019, conceding that he could no longer credibly remain in power after an extraordinary popular uprising and looming Political proceedings derailing his Administration.
Could Akerele’s decision be likened to Governor Ricardo’s reasons?
His desires to quit his resolutions to the government he jointly built for more than three and a half years is suspicious other than the reason the Administrative talisman gave.
Akerele tendered his resignation letter to Governor Obaseki on Friday, a source who is conversant with the development disclosed when Contacted.
But this was swiftly debunked by The Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, who said that Governor Godwin Obaseki is yet to receive any official communication of the resignation of the Chief of Staff, Taiwo Akerele, noting that, the story has only been making the rounds on social media.
In a statement, Osagie said: “In the past few hours, it emerged on social media that the Chief of Staff, Taiwo Akerele, has resigned his appointment with the Edo State Government. “While the governor has not received any formal communication to this effect, he believes that this is a personal decision of Akerele.
“However, whenever the resignation letter gets to the governor, he would accept it, and he wishes Akerele all the best in his future endeavours.”
Despite the response of the governor’s aide, a source, who disclosed to NAIJA Center News said Akerele frustration was connected to the lingering feud between the governor and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
Another source closed that the CoS “Complained of his office being completely denigrated by the DG and SSG, and even though he drew the attention of the governor to it several times things didn’t change”
Continuing, the source close to the now-former COS said, “there were instances where correspondences and other issues that by the structure of the administration ought to pass through his office but they are handled by others”
He lamented that his office was undermined and the governor did nothing about it.
However, his statement of resignation Signed by him reads as part; ” My decision to exit the government is based on administrative and governance grounds.
“I am solidly with His excellency Godwin Obaseki in his quest to transform Edo state. His mission and vision resonate with mine.
“This is all I have to say, I will like to be given the opportunity to go private as I part ways administratively with the government based on principles.
“I thank his Excellency for the opportunity given to me to serve in this capacity and also thanks to His Royal Majesty, Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare ii for his immense leadership and support during the period I served in this capacity. May his reign be long and peaceful. Amen
Going by the aforementioned statements, it can be perceived that, he had his mindset on the Prevailing decision to go private irrespective of the forces fighting the whole process.
To be candid, when a crisis befalls it’s not certainly proper to lose a key actor if you must sustain the tempo of a perceived or anticipated Victory especially when a common enemy is within the fray.
REPLACING AKERELE WITH UZAMERE
Going forward, a change in baton has occurred as Governor Godwin Obaseki, is said to have approved the appointment of Osaze Ethan Uzamere as his Chief of Staff.
The decision to approve a new Chief of Staff in less than 42-hour following the resignation of the former occupier, Taiwo Akerele is a clear cut statement of acceptance of the former resignation.
In a statement, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., said the appointment takes immediate effect.
Uzamere is the son of Senator Ehigie Uzamere, who represented Edo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly between 2007 and 2011.
He is said to be An investment banker, and at 38, he is a graduate of Stony Brook University, New York, where he majored in Computer and Electrical Engineering.
He has had stints with Lehman Brothers and South Grade Engineering, among others.
A thorough-bred professional, he had, before his appointment, served as Executive Assistant to Governor Obaseki.
Before the advent of the Pandemic Disease, Some Part of the Nigerian States were expecting to Conduct the Governorship Elections.
Preparations for the party primaries across the political party’s interests raved among members of same and different party lines.
Tensions were Heightened over the plights of the contesting interests.
Although, nobody was sure of the next line of action as permutations soar for who becomes the next Governor at the expense of the incumbents
Firstly, two States, Edo and Ondo will be going to poll towards the end of the year. In the two states, the Ruling All Progressive Congress Party holds the seat of power.
Howbeit, the two seating Governors, Godwin Obaseki and his Counterpart in Ondo State, Akeredolu are firmly rooted to continue to front the party framework for the next 4-year.
But within the ruling party, are those who believed the time spent in the office for the duo is enough to vacate the seat. The aggrieved members have deployed all antics to oust the sitting Government with no intervention from the party’s hierarchy.
Those who would have championed the war against the governors are at the forefront of the charades. Other leaders who would have cautioned the internal crisis have remained mum and have their reservations for the warring factions
The body language of the party leaders has further deepened the crisis as aspirants scuffle to occupy the seats irrespective of the incumbents’ ambitions.
When the news of the resignation of Chief of staff first brokered on social media, those who went weird in jubilation formed the buck of opposition within the party.
The claim of others who could follow the footages of the COS flooded the Social media space with Seemly anxiety to what action is expected of the Governor.
Obaseki has lost one of his generals few months to the governorship election which may further congeal his chances of clicking the ticket.
Whatever may have transpired, both ends would have learned from it and moved on.
To the dead, he hears no more while positive and negative criticisms rest solely on the tongues of they that are alive.