Osoba’s loyalists reject Abiodun’s commissioner-nominees
Loyalists of Chief Olusegun Osoba, former Ogun State governor, have rejected Governor Dapo Abiodun’s list of commissioner-nominees, insisting that it did not represent the governor’s vow to run all-inclusive government.
Governor Abiodun had last Thursday sent a list comprising 18 names to the House of Assembly for screening as commissioners in the state.
Immediately Abiodun was sworn in as the fifth civilian governor of the state, he pledged to run an all-inclusive government and wooed opposition parties to join him in running the state.
Osoba, along with former Governor Gbenga Daniel, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, among others teamed up to support Abiodun to defeat the immediate past governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and his anointed candidate, Abdulkabir Akinlade, in the March 9 governorship election.
But loyalists of Osoba, in a statement yesterday signed by 24 persons, insisted that the ‘all-inclusive’ mantra was a “ploy to specifically ease out the Osoba Political Family from the administration of Abiodun and which was sold to the governor by some power-mongers and unscrupulous elements who participated actively in the misrule of the state in the past and are now surrounding the governor like hyenas, ready to pounce on anyone who does not belong to their camp or pay homage.”
The Osoba Political Family alleged that some individuals they described as “conservatively greedy businessmen and hijackers of power” had “hijacked the soul of the present administration in the state”.
The statement entitled ‘Osoba Political Family Rejects the Commissioner Nominees List in its Entirety’ read in part, “These power manipulators were part of past governments in Ogun State that people in their wisdom rejected but stealthily walked back into the realm of government through the calm approach to governance by Abiodun and are ready to wreck further havoc to the dreams and aspirations of the progressives in the APC and the state who worked tirelessly for the emergence of the governor.”
The group called on the APC leaders and other well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on Abiodun to correct the imbalance perceived so far in Ogun.