Emerging reports claimed that Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, the commissioner for commerce and industry in Ogun, has resigned his appointment to contest for the state governorship election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
Ashiru’s action is against the decision of the state governor Ibikunle Amosun, who is believed to have endorsed a candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, that will take the baton of leadership of the state from him come 2019.
He was reportedly adopted in 2017 as Ijebu-Remo (Ogun east senatorial district) consensus governorship candidate. He is also described as the longest-serving commissioner in the ministry.
Ashiru has even obtained the APC nomination form which qualifies him as one of the aspirants vying for governorship seat in the primaries scheduled for September 25.
NIGERIA NEWS gathers that Ashiru submitted his resignation letter to the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) on Monday, September 10.
“Yes, I have tendered my resignation letter this morning to pursue my governorship ambition.
“You will recall that my people from Ijebu and Remo picked me as a consensus governorship candidate since last year; they also bought me an APC nomination form recently to contest for the seat.
“So, I must hear the clarion call from the good people of Ijebu-Remo to further serve my fatherland in higher capacity, and as a true son of my father and law-abiding citizen, I must quit my present office to be able to fully partake in the primaries as directed by our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I, therefore, expressed my appreciation to the governor and all the good people of Ogun state for allowing me to serve my fatherland meritoriously.
“I am looking forward to your usual support as I step forward for next move which is governorship seat,” Ashiru said.
Meanwhile, in an earlier report, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that Senate President Bukola Saraki vowed not to step down for any PDP’s presidential aspirants.