Six former cabinet members who served in the administration of late ex-Governor of Ondo State Oluwarotimi Akeredolu have been nominated by Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa as Commissioners and Special Advisers.
Aiyedatiwa forwarded six Commissioner nominees and three Special Advisers to the State House of Assembly yesterday for screening and subsequent confirmation.
The governor, who disclosed this to The Guardian through his Chief Press Secretary, Ebenezer Adeniyan listed the Commissioner nominees to include Mrs. Omowumi Isaac, Olukayode A. Ajulo, Razaq Obe, Emmanuel Igbasan, Akinwumi Sowore, and Oseni Oyeniyi.
The Special Adviser nominees are Olugbenga Omole, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy; Mrs. Olamide Falana, Special Adviser on Gender Affairs; and Alabi Johnson, Special Adviser on Energy.
In the Commissioner nominees list, Ajulo was the only one who did not serve in the administration of Akeredolu but got a political appointment under former Governor Olusegun Mimiko. He has been projected to be the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
Obe, who was the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, was the cabinet member who raised the alarm that some people had been forging the signature of the late Akeredolu. He has been tipped to take charge of the Ministry of Works.
Also, Obe and Sowore were the two exco members who refused to sign the vote of confidence passed on Akeredolu by the dissolved cabinet.
For the Special Advisers, Omole was the Chairman of the House Committee on Information during the 9th Ondo State House of Assembly but failed to return to the Assembly after losing in the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), while Falana served in Akeredolu’s cabinet in the same capacity.
The statement read: “Ondo State Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, has forwarded to the State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation the names of six commissioner nominees.
The nominees are: Mrs. Omowumi Isaac, ACCA; Mr. Olukayode A. Ajulo, SAN; OON; Engr. Razaq Obe; Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan; Barrister Akinwumi Sowore; and Mr. Oseni Oyeniyi.
The Governor has also appointed the following individuals as special advisers: Hon. Olugbenga Omole, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy; Mrs. Olamide Falana, Special Adviser on Gender Affairs; and Mr. Alabi Johnson, Special Adviser on Energy.
On January 24, the governor dissolved the SEC, a development that raised eyebrows within the state’s political quarters with the arguments that he ought to have tarried till when the remains of his late boss, former Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, will be interred.