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Obaseki appoints new Chief of Staff

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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has approved the appointment of Osaze Ethan Uzamere as his new Chief of Staff.

In a statement, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., said the appointment takes immediate effect.

This came on the heels of heightened tension in Obaseki’s camp, following reported letter of resignation tendered by the governor’s former Chief of Staff, Taiwo Akerele.

Obaseki’s aide in charge of media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, had initially denied the governor’s knowledge of the resignation.

Obaseki, who is having a running battle with the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is believed to have a second term ambition, despite the political imbroglio rocking Edo APC.

It was gathered that some top government functionaries and party leaders were also planning to toe the same path as the former CoS.

Consequently, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), through its National Chairman, Prof Mamoud Yakubu, said the Edo governorship election will hold on September 19, while that of Ondo would hold October 10.

Yakubu said the declaration is in pursuance to the provisions of Section 178(2) of the 1999 Constitution that states that INEC cannot hold elections earlier than 150 days, and not later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of office of an incumbent governor.

Obaseki’s tenure is expected to end in November 2020. However, the disquiet in the governor’s camp signaled another round of crisis, which some party faithful have attributed to the disaffection between Obaseki’s loyalists and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu.

Uzamere is the son of Senator Ehigie Uzamere, who represented Edo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly between 2007 and 2011.

An investment banker, Uzamere, 38, is a graduate of Stony Brook University, New York, where he majored in Computer and Electrical Engineering.

He has had stints with Lehman Brothers and South Grade Engineering, among others.

A thoroughbred professional, he had, before his appointment, served as Executive Assistant to Governor Obaseki.


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