Last updated on October 27th, 2018 at 07:48 pm
A former governor of Osun State , Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has formally tendered his letter of resignation as the chairman of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Oyinlola’s resignation letter was dated May 9 , and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former governor said his resignation is to enable him attend to “ a greater political engagement .”
The letter, which was personally signed by Oyinlola in Osogbo on Thursday reads:
“Sir, I write to resign my appointment as the chairman of National Identity Management Commission with effect from today , 9 th May , 2018 .
“ Your Excellency , I must put on record my very deep sense of appreciation for the special privilege and consideration you gave me to serve our fatherland in that capacity.
“ As I stated in my appreciation letter to you shortly after the appointment , the offer was a clear call to service.
“ I gave the job the dedication it deserved and would have loved to continue but I regret to inform Your Excellency that I have a new, greater political engagement that will make that difficult and even impolitic.
“ Sir, as one of my bosses in the Army , I believe you would understand my stand given recent political developments .
“ The training I got as a decorated officer and gentleman precluded me from engaging in any act that could amount to disloyalty and conflict of interest.
“ I am moving on to chart a new course in my politics outside the ruling party and this thus , demands my dropping the NIMC chairmanship.
“ I thank you, sir, once again for the great honour and confidence reposed in me .
“ However, there is time to take a job and another time to leave it and move on .
“ For me , the time to work on something else in the interest and service of our people is now .
“ I wish Your Excellency goodluck while praying that you will finish well and strong in the service of our country . ”
It’d be recalled that Oyinlola was appointed as NIMC Chairman by President Buhari on Sept . 2017.
Why is he just resigning?
He is a member of newPDP, which also comprises of Senate President Bukola Saraki, and other heavyweights from the former ruling party, who led some aggrieved PDP members into APC before the 2015 General Elections.
As a compensation for his effort for APC, under which Buhari won the presidential election, he’s appointed as Chair of NIMC, some of his supporters had said APC “belittled” him with such position.
But the calculative Oyinlola maintained the post until former President Olusegun Obasanjo came up with a movement, having written series of downgrading political letters to the incumbent president, saying his government has failed Nigerians woefully.
Then came the Coalition for Nigerian Movement (CNM), of which Oyinlola is now its National Coordinator.
Everyone knew he wasn’t longer with the ruling party, but he had maintained until today’s resignation letter that he remained NIMC chairman.
It’s part of the preparation for Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections, in which opposition parties have been preparing to send APC-led government out of Aso Rock just like the ruling party did to Goodluck Jonathan PDP-led government in 2015.
Is Oyinlola still in APC?
Definitely NO. His resignation from Buhari’s appointment means his official exit from the party.
“I can confirm to you that former Governor Oyinlola has left APC along with his supporters. Therefore, we are no more in the APC. At the moment, I cannot talk about the new political party that Oyinlola will take us to,” former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) during Oyinlola’s administration, Alhaji Kazeem Adio was quoted as saying.
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