As Edo state prepares to hold its gubernatorial election on September 2020, three members in the board of the state Oil and Gas Producing Area Development Commission has resigned their appointments, citing political and personal reasons.
The three members who resigned are: Osamwonyi Atu representing Edo-South, Emmanuel Odigie representing Edo-Central and Rilwanu Oshiomhole representing Edo-North in the board of the commission.
In their separate resignation letters dated July 27, they gave different reasons for their resignations.
Atu, who represented Edo-South in the board, said he was resigning for family reasons.
“I need to resign to take care of compelling family issues that need my immediate attention.”
However, Odigie and Oshiomhole, cited different reasons.
Odigie said, “Following due consideration and wide consultations, I have resolved to resign as a member representing Edo Central Senatorial District in the EDSOGPADEC.
“The appointment was given to me based on my membership and commitment to the APC. I have contested elections twice to the House of Representatives on the APC platform, as a party loyalist, and based on my principles, I strongly believe it will be unfair to cross over to the Peoples Democratic Party.”
Similarly, Oshiomhole said as a loyal party man, his resignation was to enable him to work for the success of the APC governorship candidate in the September 19 election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Reacting to their resignation, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said, “This is to clarify that the resigned Board members of the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission are not members of the Edo State Cabinet.
“This clarification has become necessary, to correct the erroneous impression in the public domain that members of EDSOGPADEC (an agency of government) board are civil commissioners of the Edo State Government.
“Though these board members are sometimes referred to as commissioners, a title they share with their counterparts on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, they are however not civil commissioners of the Edo State Government that assist with the day-to-day running of the government.”