By Dayo Johnson
FEAR and palpable tension have reportedly gripped the 24 Ondo State Executive Council members over speculation of a possible dissolution by the governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko before May 29.
Also, Chairmen of boards and parastatals are not exempted from the reportedly impending hammer .
Reasons being that four ministries are presently without a supervising Commissioners.
This has fuelled the speculation that Mimiko may soon dissolve the cabinet in order to fill the vacancies.
The four Commissioners who left the cabinet have either stepped up politically or excused themselves from the cabinet to pursue their personal businesses.
With the development, others in the cabinet are said to be living in fear that the go home order from the governor may not be too long .
The commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo has been promoted to a higher seat of the Deputy governor following the impeachment of the erstwhile Deputy governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi.
Also, the Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Clement Faboyede is now occupying the exalted seat of the state Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Former Commissioner for Employment and Productivity, Iroju Ogundeji was lucky to be elected as a member of the State House of Assembly to represent the people of Odigbo constituency .
Another cabinet member who had been a Commissioner for six years and a former member of the state assembly, Hon. Remi Olatubora has excused himself from the cabinet to face his legal business.
Infact he is the leading counsel of the candidates of the PDP in the National and State House of Assembly whose victories are been challenged at the election Petition Tribunal by the candidates of the APC.
With the four vacancies, political observers are of the opinion that the dissolution of the EXCO is just a matter of days.
Many believed that the dissolution may come before May 29 to give room for a fresh start.
Vanguard learnt that if eventually the governor decides to give the “thank you please go back home order” the crop of commissioners to be appointed would be purely politicians with grassroot support that can win elections any day, anytime and not yesterday’s politicians.
The “not too good” outcome of the last general election in the state where the PDP performed abysmally is said to have left the governor with no option than to go for real politicians and not paper weight who are not relevant in their constituencies.
Also, Vanguard learnt that some leaders of the old PDP who worked for the governor to frustrate the impeachment threat of the APC in the state especially during the state assembly election may be compensated in the new EXCO.
The leaders such as Dr. Bode Olajumoke, Kingsley Kuku, Adedayo Omolafe popularly called Expensive, Femi Adekanmbi, Segun Adegoke, Prof. Olu Agbi and Dr. Dare Bada, Ebenezer Alabi, Olabisi Johnson, and a host of others across the state may be asked to suggest nominees to be considered in the next EXCO.
Vanguard learnt that if eventually the dissolution happens, barely few of the present EXCO members will survive the sledge hammer.
Political observers say that many of them do not have any electoral weight in their constituencies but are only living under the shadow of the governor.
They believed that if the PDP want to continue to rule the state after the expiration of the governor’s tenure, real politicians who are political weight should come on board now.
But a reliable source in government house said that there was no cause for alarm as the governor has no intention to dissolve his cabinet at the moment.
Our source pointedly said that “the alleged dissolution is a mere speculation and not on the mind of the governor for now. The governor is a team player. If he wants to dissolve the cabinet, he is at liberty to do so but that is not on the table for now.”