Abati said the reason was to enable the former Chief of Staff pursue his personal political ambition.
The Newsinvestigators had earlier reported the sacking of Oghiadohme. Sources insisted that the ex-villa strong did not leave on his own volition but was asked to leave following a security report that indicted him.
But according to Abati who confirmed his exit from office, Oghiadohme was responding to advice by President Goodluck Jonathan asking members of his cabinet who have political ambition to resign their appointments, “since such engagements may preoccupy them to the point of distraction from their present duties within the administration.”
He also dismissed speculations that the Chief of Staff was sacked, describing such statements as “callous and completely unreasonable considering the man’s contributions to the country’s development.”
He said, “the Chief of Staff has resigned his appointment and it has nothing to do with the speculation that one online medium has tried to put out.”
According to him: “The president received the letter today which is titled, ‘Letter of Resignation,’ and it says he wishes to pursue other political necessities in our great party.”
He said the President appreciated Oghiadomhe’s services contributions as a man who discharged his responsibilities diligently and he wishes him well in his future endeavours.”
Explaining the circumstance of his resignation, Abati said, “You would recall that about two weeks ago before the president travelled to Ethiopia, he announced in council that if there was any member of the cabinet or any major political appointee who wants to pursue some other political roles- that he had been hearing rumours that some people maybe wanted to go and pursue other things in whatever capacity- that such people are going to be engaged heavily in political activities, they should let him know.”
“And if they see that they are going to be really busy, and such activities may occupy their time extraordinarily, they should please step aside or come and see him for discussion. That you can confirm. It happened in the open floor of the Council. And you can see that what I’ve pointed out as the reason for the Chief of Staff’s resignation is in line with that,” Abati added.