Obaseki reacts to his chief of staff, Akerele’s exit from office…says resignation is personal decision

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*Akerele explains resignation from office

 Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki has described the resignation of his Chief of Staff, Mr Taiwo Akerele, as his personal decision.

A statement by Mr Crusoe Osagie, the Media aide to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Saturday,  said the Governor had yet to get official communication of Akerele’s resignation.

Osagie, however, assured Akerele that the Governor would accept his letter of resignation “when he gets it.”

In his resignation letter to the Governor dated April 25, 2020, Akerele said; “My decision to exit the government is based on administrative and governance grounds.”

But, Mr Osagie in his statement said: “In the past few hours, it emerged on social media that the Chief of Staff, Mr. 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 Mr. 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.”

Meanwhile, Mr Taiwo Akerele has given reasons for resigning as CoS.

“I am solidly with His excellency, Mr 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.”

 

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