“Of the list of 36 would be members of the Lagos cabinet, three have direct filial relationship with him while another six had served him as personal aide at one time or the other. This is beside Asiwaju Tinubu singlehandedly selecting all other members of the cabinet as proposed. The composition of the cabinet, as it were, can best be described as the bedroom cabinet of Asiwaju Tinubu.”
WE FROWN AT TINUBU’S BEDROOM CABINET IN LAGOS – New Lagos Movement
Recall New Lagos Movement’s well sustained civil protest and advocacy against the suffocating hold of former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, on the political structure of the All Progressive Congress. Remember how our strident calls for the democratisation of access to political power through equitable and fair primaries compelled a grudging concession by the chapter of the APC in the State to organise primaries to the State House of Assembly and the National Assembly and, of course, in the emergence of the current Governor of the State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode even if the primaries were terribly manipulated.
Once again, we are obliged to direct the attention of Lagosians, in particular, and Nigerians in General, to a most heinous seizure of the collective will of Lagosians by the same Asiwaju Tinubu as he has given new meaning to nepotism through his wholesale deployment of the power of the ultimate godfather in the nomination of individuals for the cabinet of the State.
Of the list of 36 would be members of the Lagos cabinet, three have direct filial relationship with him while another six had served him as personal aide at one time or the other. This is beside Asiwaju Tinubu singlehandedly selecting all other members of the cabinet as proposed. The composition of the cabinet, as it were, can best be described as the bedroom cabinet of Asiwaju Tinubu.
On this account, we sympathise with Governor Ambode who will certainly be out of his depth administering the State with individuals he did not have any input in their selection.
We condemn the brazenness of this insensitivity to the immorality of capturing state’s power strictly for the benefit of family members and cronies.
We wonder what Dr Jide Idris is doing as a fourth time Commissioner nominee on that list. Dr Jide Idris is the son of the younger sister of late Chief Kafaru Tinubu. He was first drafted from the United States of America to the Lagos State bureaucracy as Permanent Secretary and elevated to Commissioner since 2007, he is returning for the third time as Commissioner.
Another direct blood relation is Deji Tinubu while Mrs Lola Akande, is Tinubu’s in-law. Akande is Mrs Remi Tinubu’s younger sister, we are reliably informed that the former Deputy Majority Leader was promised a Commissioner’s slot after losing out to Mr James Faleke in the contest for the Ifako Ijaiye Federal House of Representatives seat.
Folarin Coker, Gbolahan Lawal, Ganiu Johnson, Akintola Benson, Kehinde Bamigbetan and Anofi Elegushi had continuously served as personal aides of Asiwaju at different times and posted to serve in different capacities at some other times.
It is obvious that politics in Lagos has become about Tinubu, his family members and those he wants to favour. This is patently unfair; there are many Lagosians capable of administering and delivering the goods of democracy to Lagosians but are being sidelined because they are not related or affiliated to the godfather.
We wish to assert that we will continue to insist on equity and competence in the appointment of qualified Lagosians to the cabinet and other Agencies of service delivery in the State. We call on all Lagosians to stand up and resist any move by an individual to monopolise access to power.