Commissioner quit Amosun cabinet to join Ogun 2019 governorship race


A commissioner, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, has resigned from the Ogun State government, to join the 2019 governorship race.

Ashiru who is in charge of the commerce and industry, notified Governor Ibikunle Amosun of his decision to quit on Friday morning, during the extended meeting of the State Executive Council, held at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

The commissioner announced his resignation barely 48 hours after he was picked by All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders from Ijebu/Remo axis as their candidate for the party’s governorship ticket.

His decision to pick the Ijebu/Remo axis APC ticket has put him at loggerheads against Governor Amosun, who had repeatedly said that APC 2019 governorship ticket will go to the Yewa axis of the state.

Ashiru who is the first top government official to quit over the 2019 political ambition, was elected by the Ogun East APC leaders at a mini-primaries last Wednesday in Ijebu Ode.

He defeated eight other aspirants including two former deputy governors, Adegbenga Kaka and Prince Segun Adesegun, as well as former Lagos State House of Assembly speaker, Olorunnibe Mamora.

Other aspirants are the state commissioner for culture and tourism, Chief Muyiwa Oladipo among others.

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