By Olasunkanmi Akoni
THERE are strategic moves by various interest groups in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State to be relevant in the on-going compilation of names of cabinet nominees of the incoming administration of Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Meantime, the party, in collaboration with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, is already shopping for members for the transition committee aimed at ensuring a smooth hand-over to Sanwo-Olu. The inauguration of the new administration will be held at Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, Lagos on May 29, 2019.
The intense moves have led to internal bickering among some APC members who feel they have been sidelined in the scheme of things.
The interest groups are: Mandate Group, led by the immediate past Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregebsola; Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, led by Prince Tajudeen Olusi and the Justice Forum; Prince Rabiu Oluwa and the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Campaign Organisation, BOSCO, led by Tayo Akande, and Cardinal James Odunbaku.
Though, sources said the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu still holds the ace, Aregbesola was said to be in the forefront of the panel compiling the names.
Aregesola, in his assignment, it was gathered has started meeting some politicians. He was said to have held series of meetings with some lawmakers and party chieftains in the state.
Requirements for appointment
The requirements to be on the appointment list, according to an inside source include: the person must be a party member with much contribution to the development of the party; if a professional or technocrat, must have at least Masters Degree, and worked in the corporate world for a number of years; and participated in the victory of Sanwo-Olu at the polls.
Some chieftains and leaders in the party were said not to be comfortable with the permutation that seems to favour a particular group with over 80 per cent loyalists on the list that is still being closely guarded.
The Justice Forum, which silent on the appointment list is said to be working discreetly to have its way.
However, Tinubu who was said to have waded into the struggle, was said to have insisted that all interest groups must be accommodated especially, those who played significant roles in the emergence of Sanwo-Olu.
It was also gathered that Olusi’s GAC has been directed to compile another list which would accommodate other interest groups that participated actively.
With the development, Sanwo-Olu may have a tough time ahead as he may be working with those he has little or no control over which might be a hindrance to smooth administration.
Sanwo-Olu, at the weekend, expressed appreciation to Lagosians for the support given to him during the just concluded governorship election, assuring that he would work assiduously to ensure that the state is taken to an enviable height.
Sanwo-Olu made the statement during a special thanksgiving service at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Okepopo, Lagos Island.
Calling for the support and prayers of all Lagosians, he assured that he remained committed to his promise to deliver a vibrant, non-discriminatory, prosperous and safer Lagos.
In his sermon, the diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Rt. Rev. Humphery Olumakaiye advised Sanwo-Olu to ‘’serve the people with all your might, diligently selflessly and in return they will serve you to the end. Remember that one tree doesn’t make a forest, respect every person under your leadership and have genuine heart for service.”