Ogun cabinet: Protest, anger as Abiodun’s Senatorial district takes lion share

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Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The appointment of commissioners and Special Advisers by the Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has set off a firestorm of condemnation, with critics characterising the nominations as overwhelmingly lopsided, lacking in gender balance and regional equity.

Many residents of the state especially people from the Ogun Central and Ogun West senatorial districts have started protesting against the appointments on the ground that it does not represent the true will of the people.

PLATFORM TIMES reports that the residents described the all inclusiveness of the state governor as a deceitful tactics to take power to his senatorial district.

From observation by PLATFORM TIMES, it was observed that the Eastern part of Ogun state has the larger percentage of appointments of the recently sworn-in commissioners and Special Advisers.

It was observed by our Reporter that apart from Ogun East having the position of the Secretary to the State Government, some juicy commissioners were also taken from the Eastern part of the state.

PLATFORM TIMES observed that some A-listed ministries such as ministry of Finance and Ministry of Works are being controlled by people from the East.

A breakdown of how commissioners were taken from the three senatorial districts showed that the Ogun East has the larger percentage with eight commissioners representing about 42.1 percent of the total appointments.

PLATFORM TIMES also observed that Ogun Central came second with seven commissioners which represent 36.8 percent of the total appointments.

It was however observed that the Ogun West was far behind with just four commissioners representing 21.1 percent.

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Further observation by our reporter revealed that the present cabinet has four female commissioners representing 21.1 percent of the total appointments.

The breakdown of the commisoner list according to senatorial districts include;

Ogun West- 21.1%
Housing
Forestry
Tourism
Budget and planning

Ogun Central- 36.8%
Health (Female)
Justice
Community Development
Rural development
LG and Chieftaincy
Agriculture
Commerce and Industry (Female)

Ogun East- 42.1%
Finance
Works
Education (Female)
Youth and sports
Women affairs (Female)
Special Duties
Environment
Urban And Reg. planning

Similarly, when our Reporter checked the list of the Special Advisers, it was observed that the Ogun East has 10 persons out of the 15 special adviser that was sworn in by the governor.

Findings revealed that the Ogun West and Ogun Central has two and three advisers coming from their districts respectively.

The breakdown of the 15 Special Advisers Abiodun appointed include;

Ogun East- 10
Ogun West – 2
Ogun Central-3

Meanwhile, some residents who spoke with our reporter expressed displeasure over the appointments made by the governor.

Some of the residents described the act as a means of shifting power to the eastern part of the state.

They stressed that there is a need for the governor to review some of the appointments made by his administration if he truly want to run an all inclusive government as he claimed.

Speaking with a resident identified as Yekinni Ibraheem said the Governor need to give every zone sense of belonging.

He said, “no doubt, that appointment does not seem to be well, it lopsided especially that of the Special Advisers and that is the fact.

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“In the appointment of commissioners too, some LGs like Ifo, imeko Afon and others do not have any, while some like ijebu ode, Abeokuta south do have two on the list.

“My view is the the Governor should try to be more fair and balance in the spread of appointment and to give everyone a sense of belonging.”

Also, a journalist, Ernest Nwokolo said, “it is heavily lopsided, sectional, nepotistic and an indication it is not yet Uhuru for Ogun people.”

Corroborating Nwokolo, a resident, Bolaji Adelaja described Abiodun’s appointments as a mean to shift power to his district.

Adelaja added, “the appointments by the governor is the highest form of nepotism.

“It shows that the governor is doing all he can to ensure that he shift power to his district without goving a damn about other district that form Ogun state.

“I think he need to review his appointments and make it the true will of the people, not just that a section of the state will just dominate his administration.”

However, a resident, Alli Sheriffdeen Abiola argued that the governor’s appointments is based on the need of the people.

He added, “I think the governor made a right decision based on the needs of his people.”


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