Bimbo Ashiru, Ogun state commissioner for commerce and industry has resigned from his appointment in the cabinet of Governor Ibikunle Amosun to pursue governorship ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
BusinessDay gathered that the longest serving commissioner in the ministry resigned following his resolution to contest the number one political office in the state, having obtained the APC’s nomination form which qualifies him as one of aspirants vying for the governorship seat in the APC primaries that will be conducted on September 25, 2018.
Ashiru, who was reported to have helped facilitate over 320 manufacturing firms to the state as the commissioner for commerce and industry, submitted his resignation letter to the office of the Secretary to the State Government on Monday morning.
The former commissioner, who hails from Ijebu-Ode in Ogun East Senatorial District, confirmed the resignation on phone to our correspondent, just as he thanked the governor and entire people of Ogun state for allowing him to serve his fatherland as one of commissioners deployed to one of sensitive ministries in the state.
“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 – All Progressives Congress (APC).
“I therefore express 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 the next move which the governorship seat.”
RAZAQ AYINLA, Abeokuta