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Obaship Tussle: Jide Ojuko, Amosun’s commissioner withdraws resignation

The Ogun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, on Friday, said Governor Ibikunle Amosun had rejected his resignation letter which he tendered to protest alleged imposition of strangers as traditional rulers in some parts of his home town.

The commissioner who announced his resignation Tuesday is from Ota, Aworiland in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state.

Ojuko, the Sobaloju of Ota, Aworiland, had in the resignation letter dated May 14, 2019, and addressed to the state governor expressed 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 commissioner stated in the letter that, “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.”

Ojuko, however, on Friday, returned to his seat, explaining that the governor rejected his resignation and that the issues that prompted his resignation were being looked into.

The commissioner while chatting with newsmen on Friday, 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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