Oyetola Under Pressure On Cabinet Formation

There is intense lobbying and politicking in Osun State over who becomes members of the State Executive Council expected to be unfolded any moment from now.

An investigation conducted by Independent Newspaper revealed that the moves became more pronounced shortly after the Supreme Court in Abuja affirmed the electoral victory of Governor Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola as the winner of the September 22nd Governorship Election and subsequent rerun election held on September 27th, 2018.

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It was gathered that the several names have been submitted to Governor Oyetola to be included in the list of commissionership and special advisers expected to be forwarded to the State House of Assembly soon.
The state is currently being administered by Governor Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, His deputy, Mr. Benedict Alabi, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Of Staff to the Governor and some few individuals appointed as supervisor to oversee the affairs of some ministries in the state.

It was further revealed that some political leaders, traditional rulers, religious groups, associations, pressure groups, pro-democracy groups and influential individuals have submitted one or two names to Governor Oyetola for consideration as members of a new cabinet in the state.

It was learned that those that lost out in the party primary held last year formed bulk of the names submitted to Governor Oyetola by the party leadership.

A number of names also emanated from Oyetola’s predecessor in office, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who was said to have assured those on his list that they would definitely be considered when the names are compiled and submitted to State Assembly.

Some of former political aides and cabinet members who served under Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola but still have interest in the plum job have embarked on image laundering for Oyetola to appear good before him for re-appointment.

A reliable source, however, told Independent Newspapers that Oyetola may not accede to all names suggested by his predecessor in office but insisted to pick only those he knew can do the job for him diligently with all loyalty and determinations.

As at the time of filing this report, about three speculated list of names of new cabinet members are in circulation as those that had made the final list but the state government has continued to keep mute on the speculated lists in the circulation.

When contacted on phone, the Director of Publicity, Research, and Strategy of the ruling party, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi denied all the lists in circulation saying the Governor of the State, Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola has not released any names as members of his cabinet saying they are all fake.  (Daily Independent)

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