July 20, 2024

I’m Embarrassed by Your Utterances… Ex-Chief of Staff Akerele Tells Gov Obaseki

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Obaseki with former Chief of Staff COS Akerele

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A former Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Mr Taiwo Akerele has hit his former boss hard over the the governor’s comments when he visited Edo North to swear-in his Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants.

Akerele said it is sad that Obaseki took time to travel to Akoko Edo for an issue as flimsy as inaugurating SAs and SSAs, a function that is “not rooted in law or administration” a function the local government chairman could easily have done or performed.

Akerele, now the Country Director of Policy House International added that, Obaseki gets excited whenever he is in the midst of people that cannot challenge him to the reality on ground in the state hence he finds something amusing to say.

Below is the full text:

“I am constrained  to issue this statement to refute the claim of Godwin Obaseki that his love for Akoko-Edo people made him to appoint me as his, Chief of Staff, COS. Please sir desist from referring to my appointment as a testament to your love for Akoko-Edo people.

“Is my appointment the beginning and end of development for the Akoko-Edo people? Why can’t the governor wake up to the reality of my voluntary resignation? I have moved on!

“The office of the COS is a personal choice of his excellency and not a mandate of the people. Recall this is not the first time Mr Governor is making this statement but I chose to ignore as this is too low for me to reply but it appears Mr Governor gets excited whenever he is in the midst of people that cannot challenge him to the reality on ground in the state hence he finds something amusing to say.

“Otherwise how can a state governor continues to make reference to an appointment made over 7 years ago as an achievement to a people in dire need of rapid development and progress?

“Ever since he is been in office for 7 years now what significant project has the governor executed for Akoko-Edo people? This should be the last time Godwin Obaseki should refer to my appointment as a show of love for the people as he could have easily replaced me with any of his PDP members or friends from Akoko-Edo since my umbilical cord is not tied to his.

“It is sad that Mr Governor took time to travel to Akoko Edo for an issue as flimsy as inaugurating SAs and SSAs, a function that is not rooted in law or administration or at best a function the local government chairman could easily have done or performed?

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 “This is the same local government where kidnappers have taken over farm lands, the same local government where the roads are in dilapidated state, schools have no teachers and where young graduates and youths are jobless and the technical college abandoned while there has not been any new projects initiated to stimulate economic growth and development yet its convenient for his excellency to always visit for reasons as low as inaugurating SAs and SSAs or coming to hold PDP meetings with persons that will always hail or sing his praises without asking policy based-questions.

“Look,  it is high time leaders in Africa like Obaseki know that their time is up and our people cannot continue to be deceived by all these manipulative tendencies to mask the underlying issues of development.

“I do hope this will be the last time he will publicly refer to my appointment as his COS as a testament to his love for my people otherwise I will be forced to challenge him to a  public debate on key issues especially during my time in office  and up to the event that led to my insistence that I am done.

 “That I decided to be quiet and stay focused on my choices doesn’t mean I can’t descend to the arena just like some of his commissioners have been doing lately. We are all brought up differently and I look at issues from broader angle(s).”

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