February 27, 2017

Key appointments: Akeredolu keeps party-men guessing

Key appointments: Akeredolu keeps party-men guessing


By Dayo Johnson

Akure—ANXIETY is mounting within the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Ondo state  as the new governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, kept party members guessing on key appointments, 72 hours after his swearing-in.

He  hinted before his inauguration that he would appoint only nine commissioners and few advisers because of paucity of funds  and this had pitched him against party members who are angling for patronage.


This is coming as the governor shifted his thanksgiving service to his home town, Owo yesterday. The event also coincided with the 85 birthday thanksgiving ceremony of the governors mother, Madam Grace Akeredolu.

With this development government has shifted attention to the ancient town 33 years after the late statesman, Chief Adekunle Ajasin did the same.

Governor Akeredolu also weekend insisted that chieftains of the party who worked against the party in the last governorship election should go back  to join the party in their wards.

He specifically said; “Tell the senator (names withheld) he’s not a member of APC, everyone that was involved in anti-party activities can’t come back through the back door, they will have to go back to their various wards to re-apply for APC membership cards.”

Meanwhile, the governor  was expected to announce at least three important appointment after his swearing in on Friday but he remains quiet over the matter.

Akeredolu was expected to name the new Secretary to the State Government SSG, the Chief of Staff, COS, and the Chief Press Secretary.

Vanguard gathered that the governor although under pressure was said to have insisted he wanted to take his time.

He reportedly told his close aides that it was not compulsory for him to make the appointments on the day of his inauguration.

Meanwhile, at the thanksgiving service held at Saint Andrews  Cathedral Church, Imola Owo, the Archbishop of Ondo Province of Anglican diocese, Latunji Lasebikan  advised the governor to be weary of sycophants.

He also told him not to probe his predecessor.

Over 13 Bishops, other  clergymen across the state, party chieftains within the state and traditional rulers attended the service.