Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Governor of Osun State, has resigned both as Chairman of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and as a leading member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In his resignation letter, dated May 9 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, Oyinlola said he resigned his appointment to take care of “a greater political engagement.”
“Sir, I write to resign my appointment as the chairman of National Identity Management Commission with effect from today, 9th May, 2018,” read the letter.
“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 good luck while praying that you will finish well and strong in the service of our country.”
Oyinlola was appointed by Buhari as NIMC Chairman in September 2017. He joined the APC in August 2014.