👤 By Adenike Lucas
Olagunsoye Oyinlola, chairman of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, has resigned his post to “chart a new course.”
Prince Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun State, who led a block of new PDP members to the All Progressives Congress, APC, is said to be unhappy that the block was side lined by the government and has also quit the ruling party.
The 67-year-old, who is the national secretary of the New PDP, a faction of the People Democratic Party that fused with other parties to form the APC, believes that they were not well rewarded despite their hard work.
“Sir, I write to resign my appointment as the chairman of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) with effect from today, 9th May, 2018,” he said in a statement.
“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.
He ended his statement by explaining his reason for quitting.
“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.
“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.”
This January, Prince Oyinlola, formally launched a Coalition for Nigeria Movement, a non-political group.
The movement has the backing of a former head of state, who supported President Buhari in 2015, but has withdrawn support because of the President’s failure to deliver on his campaign promises.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s President from 1999 – 2007, wrote a letter to President Buhari advising that he should not seek re-election because he failed to perform and needs to take a “deserved rest” from politics.
However, the ailing 75-year-old President confirmed in April that he would be contesting in the 2019 elections.
There are rumours that Chief Obasanjo, a leading voice in African politics, is looking to back a former Governor of Kano as the next President of Nigeria.
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has a lot of support in the 36 states of Nigeria, but his supporters fear he might be cheated from the APC ticket, as loyalist of President Buhari are said to be scheming even before the primaries.
Insiders told DENISAURUS News that Senator Kwankwaso is prepared to leave the APC to form a new party or join an existing platform that will support his Presidential ambition if needs be.
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The former Governor of Kano has the support of Chief Obasanjo.
Prince Oyinlola is a key ally of Chief Obasanjo, who is said to be in support of Senator Kwankwaso. It might be the reason why Prince Oyinlola is leaving the APC.