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BREAKING: Seven Politician Including Chief Of Staff Resign (See Full List)

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BREAKING: Seven Politician Including Chief Of Staff Resign (See Full List)

The Delta State Executive Council has been depleted by the resignations of seven commissioners and Festus Agas, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Chief of Staff.

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Their resignation was prompted by Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022, which states that political appointees must resign their positions before running for office in the 2023 general elections, whether as a delegate or as a candidate for elective office.

Some have resigned to run for elective positions, while others have resigned to attend the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention as statutory delegates.

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Evelyn Oboro, Basil Ganagana, Christian Onogba, Julius Egbedi, Ovie Oghoore, Jonathan Ukodhiko, and Chika Ossai are among those who have resigned their positions.

Oboro left his position as Commissioner of Water Resources Development to run for a seat in the House of Representatives (Okpe, Sapele and Uvwie Constituency).

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He was a member of the Green Chamber and the Chairman of the Uvwie Local Government Area at one point.

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Ganagana, a former Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, was the Commissioner for Transport in the Okowa-led Exco.

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According to sources close to the former lawmaker, he is running for the Federal Constituency of Patani/Bomadi.

Commissioner for Power and Energy Ukodhiko is running for the Isoko Federal Constituency ticket. Onogba resigned as Commissioner for the Environment in order to run for the State Constituency of Ethiope West (House of Assembly).

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Ossai, the Commissioner for Primary Education, resigned to run for the State Assembly’s Ndokwa East Constituency. It was unclear whether Egbedi and Oghoore had resigned their positions as commissioners for Project Monitoring and Audit and Agriculture and Natural Resources in order to run for office in 2023.

More commissioners are expected to resign as statutory delegates for the PDP. However, it has been learned that the governor has reached an agreement with his former appointees, including his special advisers and executive assistants, to return to their jobs following the PDP primaries.

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Our reporter was unable to determine whether Agas resigned to pursue his governorship ambitions after removing his personal belongings from the office. He previously served as Secretary of State (SSG).

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