State and nationwide uproar has greeted the list of commissioners tendered to the Lagos State House of Assembly for approval by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The list was shown to be dominated by friends and relatives of the All Progressives Congress [APC] national leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, a two-time governor of Lagos State himself.
The list saw the likes of Lola Akande, Deji Tinubu, Kehinde Bamigbetan and Gbolahan Lawal.
Also in the list are Jide Idris, Akintola Benson, Anofi Elegushi, Ganiu Johnson and Folarin Coker, all individuals who have had dealings with Tinubu at one time or another.
While Lola Akande is the sister of Tinubu’s wife, Senator Remi Tinubu, the other nominee, Deji Tinubu is the nephew of the APC leader.
Also, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, was Tinubu’s Chief Press Secretary from 2003 to 2007 while Gbolahan Lawal was Tinubu’s Aide-de-Camp when he was governor.
In reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has lambasted Governor Akinwunmi Ambode over the list of commissioners and advisers he sent to the House of Assembly.
According to Lagos PDP Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, most of the nominees were not competent but were only named based on sentiment.
Mr Gani, therefore, urged the members of the legislature not to approve the nominees in the interest of the state.
He said, “We also fault the nominations of Jide Idris, Akintola Benson, Anofi Elegushi, Ganiu Johnson and Folarin Coker because they had either been personal staff or relatives of a former governor of the state.
“Thus, it will continue to be business as usual in the governance of the state as the state resources will continue to be superintendent by the former governor, who is the incumbent governor’s godfather.”
“This list is so mediocre, self-serving, embarrassing that it cannot justify the delay and waste of days. Lagosians should not expect any change from Ambode.
“By this list, his hands are tied. He will only succeed to the extent that his godfather allows this list to serve Lagosians”, he added.
Governor Akinwumi was practically hand-picked by Bola Tinubu to represent the APC in the 2015 Lagos State gubernatorial election wherein he won his PDP counterpart, Jimi Agbaje.
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