The attention of the Ogun State All Progressives Congress (APC), has been drawn to published media reports on the list of commissioners sent to the Ogun State House of Assembly by the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, last Thursday.
It is therefore pertinent to provide further clarification thus:
“It would be recalled that at a State Caucus meeting of the party on Friday, October 11, 2019 attended by the State Governor, and our leader, Aremo 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.”
“The Governor’s eventual selection of the commissioner-designates was based on the lists signed and submitted by party leaders from all the nine federal constituencies in the state. In fact, the Governor actually deserves to be praised for submitting himself to party supremacy unlike what had obtained in recent past. The approach of Prince Dapo Abiodun was the same as that of our leader, Aremo Segun Osoba, during his tenure, as they both believe in the supremacy of the party.”
“The commissioner-designates, politicians and technocrats, are qualified people from their respective local governments and proud citizens of Ogun State, who were appointed on party’s meritorious recommendations and not because of allegiance to any political group or sectarian tendency. We plead with the few who may have misgivings or have not made the list, to allow the expressed will of the party leaders to prevail. It is too early for divisiveness and distractions.
From the opinion audit of our structures conducted last Saturday, so far, the list of commissioners HASSAN is a been praised by the overwhelming majority of our members for being composed of competent people, including a 36 years old nominee, and youth-oriented leaders. Respondents also demanded for more space for youths and women. The Governor has given his words to positively respond to the opinion audit.
“On the demand for more women in the cabinet, we want to assure our women-focused organizations, many of who are supporters of our party at the last governorship elections, to keep faith with the Governor over his promise on women and youth inclusion in governance.”
“The State Executive Council is not restricted to commissioners only. The Dapo Abiodun-led Administration had earlier appointed quite a number of cabinet ranking Special Advisers (SA), Senior Special Assistants (SSA) that are women, in addition to the three commissioner- designates and more that are planned. The Administration knows and appreciates the role of women in development and this is why we have a woman Deputy Governor and a woman Head of Service. Ogun is probably the only state in the South of Nigeria that has done this.