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New cabinet: Ajimobi remains unpredictable


IBADAN – Tension has gripped most cabinet members in the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration as there is likely to be dissolution of the cabinet which has been piloting the Pacesetter state since 2011 when he assumed power.

Some aides who confided in Vanguard said no one can predict what the governor will do now, noting that some of them will still serve in the next administration.

One of the aides who pleaded not to be mentioned said: “I must tell you that no one knows what the governor intends to do. But, many factors will determine the sense of judgement of the governor. Some of us who actually worked during the election will be rewarded. That we are sure of,” he said.

As at the time of filing this report, the governor is yet to return from the oversea trip he made shortly after the keenly-contested election in the state and until he comes back, activities at the Governor’s office will be at the lowest ebb. Ajimobi in his first term which is coming to an end in some days from now formed the cabinet with the candidates from the powers-that-be in the state.

The staunch supporters of the governor were duly rewarded as the governor gave them some slots in the cabinet. Those who enjoyed the spoils of office are the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

His daughter, Princess Folasade Adeyemi-Ahigbe is the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism; Oba Samuel Odulana, the Olubadan of Ibadanland; late Abdul-Azeez Arisekola-Alao, the Are Musulumi of Yorubaland and late Lamidi Adesina, former Governor and the state leader of the party before his death.

His son, Dapo Lam-Adesina had served as the Commissioner for Youths and Sports before he later contested the National Assembly election.

Also, as a reward for their loyalty during the 2011 election, the governor extended his magnanimity to the opposition like the former Governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, whose daughter served as Commissioner for Urban and Regional Planning and others.

Gov Ajimobi
Gov Ajimobi

Going by their roles in the just concluded governorship election, Ladoja and Adeojo may not be given that privilege again by the governor as both did not hide their willingness to send him packing and the fact that Governor Ajimobi has already won the second term, he has nothing at stake now. In addition, Ladoja contested on the platform of Accord and he is still in the tribunal challenging the declaration of Governor Ajimobi as the winner of the election. As for Alhaji Adeojo, he worked for the PDP.

In the new cabinet to be formed, it is crystal clear that people like the Alaafin of Oyo, the Arisekola family, late Lam Adesina, Oba Odulana, will have slots in the new cabinet. Oba Adeyemi stood like the rock behind the governor.

Vanguard gathered that some governorship aspirants who clandestinely worked for the PDP will also be considered during the selection process.

They served as both informants and strategists for the governor. One of them was seen at Governor Ajimobi’s residence some weeks to the March 28 election. At that time, he still claimed to be a chieftain of the party. He was one of the members of a committee set up by the governor. These are some of the factors that led to the failure of the party in the election.


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