BY LEKE ADESERI, South West Regional Editor & OLASUNKANMI AKONI
LAGOS — BARRING last minute changes, the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, will dissolve the current cabinet this week.
Precisely, by next Monday, the four year tenure of Lagos State cabinet will terminate with a valedictory session instead of the usual Executive Council Meeting at the State House, Alausa, Ikeja.
No fewer than 125 curriculum vitae, CVs, and representations had already been forwarded to Governor Fashola and prominent Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, leaders in the state for possible appointments into the state Executive Council.
Usually impeccable party sources told Vanguard, yesterday, that instead of the original arrangement in which the governor would have contributed a mere 20 percent of cabinet members, while party big wigs would have taken the lion share of 80 per cent, a new 50: 50 formula will now be used.
Fashola is said to be favourably disposed to picking technocrats as against other high powered interests who will pick party loyalists as compensation for their unalloyed support in the past four years as well as contribution to Fashola’s re-election.
The arrangement is still a top secret considering public perception of undue interference in Fashola’s government by party big names.
Infact, ACN’s national spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told Vanguard that he was not aware that the next Lagos cabinet was already being put together.
He said: “I have no idea that the cabinet is being put together not to talk of the formula.”
The new executive members are expected to be sworn-in sometime in early June to allow for the continuation of transformation of the state.
As soon as Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Fashola winner of the April 26, 2011 gubernatorial poll in Lagos, many political interests started visiting the state House, Marina, official residence of the governor and Bourdillon, Ikoyi residence of ACN national leader and former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lobby for one position or the other.
Sources told Vanguard that some of the commissioners who may not be retained have started preparing their hand over notes and also removing their personal belongings from their offices.
Meantime, most of the commissioners who have taken turns to address the media in the ongoing ministerial briefings to commemorate the fourth anniversary of Fashola in office have, through voluminous speeches, reeled out achievements of their ministries in apparent move to impress the governor and other interest groups of their performance.