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Ogun Assembly confirms 17 for appointment as commissioners

By Bukky Olajide and Charles Coffie Gyamfi, Abeokuta
18 December 2019   |   4:12 am
Barely 24 hours after screening 17 of the 18 nominees sent by Governor Dapo Abiodun for ratification and approval as commissioners, Ogun State House of Assembly has confirmed their nomination...

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Nominations in order, says APC

Barely 24 hours after screening 17 of the 18 nominees sent by Governor Dapo Abiodun for ratification and approval as commissioners, Ogun State House of Assembly has confirmed their nomination, affirming their eligibility to serve the state as commissioners.

The unanimous confirmation of the nominees by the lawmakers through House Resolution (HR) 049/OG/2019, at plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, followed the presentation of the report of the committee on selection by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff.

The Minority Leader, Ganiu Oyedeji, had moved the motion for the adoption of the report.Thereafter, the majority leader moved motion for the confirmation of the nominees. He was and seconded by Sylvester Abiodun.

According to the report, out of the 18 nominees, 17 appeared; only Dr. Tomi Coker, did not appear.“Members examined the curriculum vitae and other credentials of the 17 nominees and interviewed them. The committee therefore recommend them for confirmation as commissioners in Ogun State, having been found eligible as required by Section 192 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The speaker remarked that the state at this time needed quality services beyond politicking and segregation, which was the reason leaders of the legislative caucuses, including Oludaisi Elemide, Kemi Oduwole and Yusuf Sheriff gave an overview of their interactions with the nominees from the three senatorial districts, on the need to promote synergy among all arms of government.

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ogun State chapter, said yesterday that the nominees were selected based on the party’s meritorious recommendations and not because of “allegiance to any political group or sectarian tendency”.

A statement by the publicity secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, in Abeokuta, insisted that selection of the commissioners-designate was based on the list signed and submitted by party leaders from all the nine federal constituencies in the state.

The list had generated protests from loyalists of the party leader in the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba, who insisted that Osoba’s political family did not benefit.Also, women in the state staged a protest on Monday, saying they were not adequately represented despite the governor’s earlier promise.

But Oladunjoye, in the statement, recalled: “At a state caucus meeting of the party on Friday, October 11, 2019 attended by the governor and our leader, Olusegun Osoba, it was directed that leaders of the party in each federal constituency should meet and forward the list of commissioner-nominees to the party for onward transfer to the governor. The instruction was followed to the letter.”

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