Chief Jide Ojuko, Amosun’s commissioner makes U-turn, withdraws resignation

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There was mild drama in Ogun State on Friday when the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, said Governor Ibikunle Amosun had rejected his resignation letter which he tendered on Tuesday.

Ojuko had announced his resignation over the Obaship tussle in Aworiland in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state.

The commissioner had in the resignation letter dated May 14, 2019 and addressed to Amosun explained that the “recent directive” of the Governor “on the issues of Obaship in some areas in Ota State Constituency runs against my conscience and yearnings of my people that I represent.”

The letter read in part, “It pained me from the bottom of my heart to give a notice of my resignation to a boss I love so much. By my appointment, I represent my people from Awori stock, my local government and the entire state. After service, I will have no choice but to go back home and settle down with my family and my people with total peace of mind.

“Recent events are making me to believe that this plan may not be feasible if I have to continue serving in my capacity as the honourable commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs. The ultimate, therefore, is that I shall become an outcast among my people. At my age, this is avoidable.”

But, on Friday, the commissioner returned to his seat, saying the governor rejected his resignation and that the issues that prompted his resignation were being looked into. In a chat with newsmen on Friday, Ojuko described his resignation letter as a “love letter between two lovers.”

He said, “The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has rejected the earlier sent letter of resignation which was circulated by the media.

“In view of this development, I am back at my desk and wish to place on record that the issues surrounding my earlier resignation are being looked into.

“Let me also clear the air that the content of the letter was being misinterpreted. While I appreciate my good people of Ota State Constituency for their understanding, I remain the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs till the end of this administration.”

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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