NINE months after his second term inauguration, Oyo State governor, Chief Abiola Ajimobi is set to present an initial list of 13 prospective commissioners to the Oyo State House of Assembly today.
According to sources, the list which will be made up of technocrats and politicians of note and is expected to pass smoothly as all those on the list are those without political or professional ‘baggage’.
The governor is submitting the list of commissioners, just a week after doing same with those of local council chairmen.
The source told The Guardian that the governor took his time before arriving at the list which he has held close to his chest since a couple of weeks ago .
The governor has received some criticism for not appointing his cabinet since last year, but Government House sources told The Guardian that when the list is made public, Ajimobi’s critics would appreciate his
caution and foresight.
Last week, the State House of Assembly screened the list of local council nominees and is expected to do same next week for commissioners.
This development is expected to soothe frayed nerves among politicians in the state, who have been clamouring for a full state cabinet.
Another source who spoke with The Guardian said; ‘’ The state has been a beehive of activities, since the beginning of the year and the state Governor has been involved in so many of them. He has watched and picked a suitable time to do these things without putting himself under pressure.
‘’Expectedly and understandably, there may be misconceptions about his motives, but it is now clear that there have been nothing untoward in his motives.”
A top opposition politician who craved for anonymity told The Guardian that the issue of cabinet appointment is long overdue.
‘’It is about time he chose his cabinet.
People are even beginning to wonder if it will happen again, or maybe he wants to govern without a cabinet.”
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