Joseph Ikpea, Edo state commissioner for minerals, oil and gas has resigned from the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki with ten days to the state’s governorship election.
Ikpea who resigned his position on Wednesday, September 9, pledged his support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The former commissioner cited reasons of trust, respect, and interest for his resignation in the letter dated Wednesday, September 9, and addressed to Obaseki.
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.
According to him, ‘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.
Ikpea, however, said he would always be available to provide support to the government whenever called upon to do so.