Osun APC, PDP disagree over list of Adeleke’s cabinet nominees


The All Progressives Congress, APC in Osun State has described the commissioner-nominees rolled out by Governor Ademola Adeleke as the worst assemblage of government actors that would ever be witnessed in the history of the state.

The party which insisted that the list of nominees exposed another failed promise of the Adeleke-led administration added that it proved its allegations of divided loyalty in Osun APC.

Giving its disapproval in a statement on Saturday, the Osun APC chairman, Tajudeen Lawal added that there was nothing to celebrate about the nominees who will be entrusted with the governance of the state through their various ministries.

He however said, “It would not be proper to be collective in his excoriation and castigation of the Adeleke administration cluster as there are few ones in the horrible, horrendous and obnoxious commissioner-nominees list that have distinguished themselves in their callings either in private endeavours or public offices.

“All efforts by Governor Adeleke to confuse and convince any right-thinking members of the society with any grammatical and political chicanery to prove that he is not truly guilty of nepotism has fallen flat.

“Apart from the fact that the slots are heavy in some local governments without considering the propriety of others, the parade of only two females in the list of 25 nominees is against the adopted World standard in any saner state and also contrary to the promise the governor made to the women while campaigning.

“The party is concerned that most of the nominees have no sound and verifiable backgrounds.

“The list of the Adeleke commissioner-nominees further vindicated the Osun State chapter of the APC on the allegation that there were divided loyalty in the party as two chieftains of the defunct self-styled The Osun Progressives (TOP) under the patronship of former Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, in the persons of Barr Kolapo Alimi and Mr Biyi Odunlade, made the list. This further attests to the fact that there has been a secret alliance between the TOP members and the PDP.

Reacting, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP described the response of the APC to the list of cabinet nominees as ignorant, alleging the party did not peruse the profile of the nominees.

The party in a statement by its Chairman, Sunday Bisi held that Osun APC attempted to cast aspersions on credible professionals and administrators nominated to serve the state.

“How do you judge nominees without at least gaining access to their profiles? How do you condemn a list with almost two-thirds of professionals, technocrats and administrators? Nominees are great patriots with enviable antecedents in the private and public sectors. We have a list made up of experts in finance, education, economy, social sector, agriculture, sciences, law and engineering among others.

“The PDP government in putting up the list applied such principles as spread across federal constituencies, interest groups, and professional considerations among others.

“Our answer to APC as a party is that before the unveiling of the nominees, Osun is already enjoying the dividends of democracy. With the new cabinet coming on board, the state is billed for further growth and development under Governor Ademola Adeleke.”

DAILY POST recalls that on Friday, the Osun State House of Assembly made public a list of 25 cabinet nominees.

The Assembly through its Speaker, Adewale Egbedun also announced the constitution of a screening committee to vet the cabinet nominees beginning from Wednesday, July 12, 2023.

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