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Oyo Assembly divided over commissioner-nominees

IBADAN— THERE was disagreement among the 32-member State House of Assembly yesterday when the two commissioner-nominees said to be candidates of the former Governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, were rejected by members of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the House.

While a member of the Accord Party, AP, Mr. Ibrahim Bolomope and six others said the nominees should not be rejected based on party affiliation, 17 others rejected, insisting that Governor Abiola Ajimobi should change the candidates.

The two members of AP rejected by the House are the former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Nureni Adisa and Kabiru Abiola who is related to former governor Ladoja.

However, Dapo, son of the State leader of ACN, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina and Kafayat Adeojo, daughter of former Deputy National Chairman (South) of PDP, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, scaled through.

Others who also had their nomination confirmed by the legislators include, Mr. Peter Odetomi who was deputy governorship candidate of Ajimobi in the 2007 election, Mr. Ajiboye Omodewu, Mr Sumbo Owolabi, a lawyer, Mr. Adebayo Olagbenro and Mr. Dauda Wasiu.

Adisa had scarcely been introduced when the lawmakers brandished a petition written against him and asked him to ‘go back and put his house in order’.

Although, the nominee struggled to down play the said petition, claiming that the matter had been settled, the legislators were not convinced.

But Accord Party members in the House fought for him.

This prompted the Speaker, Mrs. Monsurat Sunmonu, to call for votes to resolve the issue.

Based on the petition, Mr. Olusegun Olaleye representing Ibadan North 11, moved a motion that his nomination be stepped down for another time.


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