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Edo2020: Obaseki campaign in shambles as another commissioner resigns

Gov's camp fear more deserters in the days ahead

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki’s re-election ambition suffered another setback on Wednesday as the Commissioner for Minerals, Oil and Gas, Joseph Ikpea resigned.

The resignation of Ikpea, the third commissioner to desert Obaseki, came barely 10 days to the election, where Obaseki is running on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ikpea, a former chairman of Esan South East Local Government Area of the state, is a very influential politician in Edo Central, a battleground zone in the 2020 election.

His elder brother, Chief Leemon Ikpea, a key player in the oil and gas industry, is also a heavyweight and Chief Executive Officer of Lee Engineering Company.

Obaseki is facing a daunting task to retire his erstwhile godfather and vivacious former Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Oshiomhole is backing the APC’s candidate, Pastor Osaze Ize-Iyamu, who was Obaseki’s opponent on the platform of the PDP, when the governor won in 2016.

Just like others commissioners who have abandoned Obaseki as Mr Paul Ohonbamu (Information) Mrs. Oni-Okpaku (Environment), Ikpea is expected to throw his weight behind the APC candidate.

Ikpea, in his resignation letter, hinged his decision on the need to continue with the APC, on which platform he joined Obaseki.

He also faulted the administrative style of the governor, saying his interest had not been protected.

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