Desertion hits Obaseki’s camp, commissioner Paul Ohonbamu quits

Paul Ohonbamu quits Obaseki's cabinet
Paul Ohonbamu quits Obaseki’s cabinet

By Jethro lbileke/Benin

Edo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, has resigned his membership of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s executive council.

He announced his resignation in a terse letter he signed and addressed to Governor Obaseki.

He was immediately replaced by Mr. Stewart Efe.

Ohonbamu in his resignation letter, said his resignation took effect from today.

“Without setting a precedent, I have decided to step aside as cabinet member and operate outside‎ it for the general good of Edo State and pursuit of happiness for the citizens,” he wrote.

He however expressed gratitude to the Governor‎ for in‎dulging him in his “purposeful and sophisticated administration”.

“I greet you, Sir, and the ever loyal members of the state executive council. I am particularly delighted that his Excellency’s second term bid is firm and sure-footed.

“Whenever we shall meet again I know not. Therefore, our everlasting farewell take. If we do meet, why, what shall smile, if not, it is true this parting was well-meaning,” he said.

When contacted, Ohonbamu, a lawyer, confirmed his resignation but declined to make further comments.

In a statement announcing the appointment of the new Commissioner, the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., said:

“Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has approved the appointment of Mr. Stewart Efe as Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation.

Ogie added that the appointment takes “immediate effect.”

Until his appointment, Stewart Efe was the Public Relations Officer of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Benin City.


  1. But the commissioner lawyer should have indicated he was quoting Shakespeare in his farewell letter.

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