Four commissioners, three Special Advisers quit Akeredolu’s govt

Not less than seven appointees of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State are to quit the government this weekend following the directive that they should resign their appointments for seeking elective offices.

Some of those affected include Mr Donald Ojogo, the Commissioner for Lands and Housing, who has obtained form for the House of Representatives for Ilaje/Eseodo federal constituency, Otunba Timehin Adelegbe, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry seeking to represent Owo/Ose federal constituency and Omowumi Olatunji Commissioner for Women Affairs, an aspirant for Akure South/North federal constituency.

Others are former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Victor Olabimtan, Special Adviser to Governor on Rural and Community Development, who is seeking the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s ticket for Ondo North Senatorial district and Otunba Gboyega Adefarati, Commissioner for Agriculture who wants to represent Akoko Southwest/Southeast federal constituency.

Besides, the Special Adviser to Governor on Health, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye and Mr. Austin Pelemo, Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, want to seek the party’s ticket for Akoko Northeast/Northwest federal constituency and Ondo East/West federal constituency.
The governor in a directive told the seven appointees and others who may be nursing political appointments to quit before Monday.

A statement yesterday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Segun Ajiboye said: “Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has directed that members of the State Executive Council and political appointees who have obtained nomination forms to contest for political offices in the 2019 general elections are to put in their letter of resignation on or before Monday, 17 September 2018.”

Ajiboye stated that a circular signed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale, stated that the governor, on behalf of the good people of the state, expressed his deepest appreciation to members affected by the directive for their contributions and services to the state.

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