Joseph Ikpea quits as Obaseki’s commissioner

By Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Barely 10 days to the governorship election in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki has again lost, Joseph Ikpea, another member of his cabinet.

Ikpea tendered his resignation letter on Wednesday.

His departure comes barely 10 days to the governorship elections in the state, in which Obaseki is seeking a re-election.

Until his resignation, Ikpea was the Commissioner in charge of the Minerals, Oil and Gas ministry.

Ikpea with Obaseki in 2016

In his resignation letter dated 9 September, and addressed to Governor Obaseki, Ikpea cited reason of trust, respect and interest for his resignation.

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He also attributed his reason to his inability to abandon the party (All Progressives Congress) he has helped to nurture in his council area and the state in general.

“Politics is all about interest, trust and respect for one another, but I have never seen any of this till date, and I am also not sure of it even if I am there tomorrow.

“Moreover, the party that is known today as APC was brought to Esan South East by me and over 90 percent of my supporters are APC members till date.

“So, it is difficult for me to leave the house that I built. Considering also that this administration didn’t recognise my leadership role,” he stated.

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Ikpea however said he would always be available to provide support to the government whenever called upon to do so.

Obaseki’s government had in recent weeks lost other two serving commissioners