GOVERNOR’S MEN: Unmasking The Cabal In Abiodun’s Government

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Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

The composition of cabal that drive the government of Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has been unveiled , PLATFORM TIMES can report .

There have been arguments and counter arguments over the individuals who made the list of powerful cabals in Dapo Abiodun’s Government in Ogun state. 

PLATFORM TIMES has discovered   six powerful men in the Government of Ogun state presently headed by Prince Dapo Abiodun.

The members of the  Cabal  who are in and outside the government include; Former Governor Gbenga Daniel, Former Speaker of the Ogun state House of Assembly and the Present Senior Special Adviser  In the Government of Ogun state  on Political matters, Hon. Tunji Egbetokun, Former House of Assembly member and presently the Special Adviser on political matters, Hon. Biyi Adeleye and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Salisu Shuaib. 

Others include,  The Special Adviser on Government House, Babatunde Olaotan  and  Commissioner for Local government and Chieftaincy affairs, Afolabi Afuape. 

Although , Afuape was said to have just been brought into the circle of the said cabals, this was said  to be the reason for making him the commissioner  for local government and Chieftaincy Affairs after weighing his influence in Abeokuta South. 

PLATFORM TIMES observed that the cabal members  became more pronounced immediately after the Governor was sworn-in .  

After tactically running government for seven months with the cabals most of whom , did not have clear- cut potfolios , they have become very deeply rooted in the present government . 

How they became Cabals 

Gbenga Daniel 

Former Governor Gbenga Daniel became indispensable owing to his long time friendship and support for the Governor ,especially during the turbulent time when the  then Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun  sent fear to his spine . 

His wealth of experience in governance having served as Governor for two terms, was highly needed by the ‘baby Governor’, Prince Dapo Abiodun. 

The Former Governor is now regarded  as the eldest personality in this government to recon with, after rumours had it that the leader of the APC in Abiodun’s faction, Olusegun Osoba has been tactically edged out of the scheme of things. 

Hon Tunji Egbetokun

His wealth of experience in politics earned him respect since the days of Senator Olamilekan Adeola( Yayi) . 

His political wisdom also made him popular in the political circle of the state hence, he is a giant in Governor Abiodun’s government. 

Also he is one of the members of the Yayi structure which was dissolved into Abiodun’s structure for the purpose of winning the elections. He is the second in command in the cabal .

Adebiyi Adeleye

Hon Biyi Adeleye is called the Governor’s ‘boy’ in  some quarters. The governor is said to have trusted him not just because he had once represented the governor’s constituency but he has been one of the Governor’s allies alongside the former House of Assembly member representing Ogun waterside, Hon. Harrison Adeyemi, for a long time. 

Rumour had it that the Governor quickly made him a Consultant on political matters immediately the administration commenced even when there was a Senior Special Adviser (for same portfolio ) politics, before his appointment was converted to the status of a Special Adviser. 

It was however gathered that Adeleye remained one of the most trusted allies of the Governor. 

Shuaib Salis

Salis Shuaib was a deputy Chief of Staff to the immediate past Governor before their relationship went sour. 

After he left Amosun’s government in anger for undisclosed reasons he then became a close ally of the former speaker, Hon. Egbetokun, through who he got the pass card to Senator Adeola (Yayi).

After keying into the YAYI vision he then had no option other than to move to Abiodun’s political circle on the order of the powers that be.  He also call the shot and was regarded as very powerful cabal member 

 Hon. Babatunde Olaotan 

Hon. Babatunde Olaotan is a Yayi’s foot soldier before the structure was collapsed for Abiodun. 

He was the right hand man of Yayi and was made to retain the same position in Abiodun’s government .

He was Special Adviser to the governor on Government house . He is so powerful that he either make or Mar any plan within the government . Other cabal members regard him as  too sophisticated and sensitive to toy  with . 

Afolabi Afuape

Insiders believed that Hon. Afolabi Afuape, can not be trusted considering his political antecedents after moving from the camp of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, to Amosun’s camp and now to Governor Abiodun’s camp. 

He has just been introduced into the circle of the cabal  which was believed to be the reason for him to get a very powerful and sensitive ministry   which he presently superintendent  as the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs . 

Afuape seems to enjoys the ears of the cabal for what what they want to use him for . He was believe to be pliable for a big plan ahead of the 2023 election especially in Ogun central. Where a big masqurade which is dreaded by the governor and his godfathers both in Lagos and Abuja .

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