The party leaders nominees Ogun commissioner, not governor - Says APC (Read Details)


All Progressives Congress (APC), Ogun state chapter has disclosed yesterday that the Commissioner nominees list which was sent to the state House of Assembly was compiled by the party leaders within the nine Federal constituencies of the state and not by the Governor Dapo Abiodun of the state.

This is just as Governor Abiodun assured women coalition group that he had competent and qualified women appointed into various cadres in his government, pledging that he would never run a chauvinistic or sexist administration.

The party, however, advised members against taking steps that could constitute distractions early in the day, saying the approach adopted by Abiodun was the same as that of the party’s National Leader, Aremo Segun Osoba, during his tenure, as they both believed in the supremacy of the party.

The Publicity Secretary, Ogun APC Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, who made this known to The Nation in a statement in reaction to media reports on the list of Abiodun’s commissioners, stressed that it was pertinent to provide further clarification on the matter.

He disclosed that the eventual selection of the commissioner designates was based on the list which was signed and submitted by party leaders from all the nine Federal constituencies within the state.

Governor Dapo Abiodun, deserves to be praised for submitting himself to party supremacy unlike what had obtained in past government. The approach of Prince Dapo Abiodun was the same as that of our leader, Aremo Segun Osoba, during his tenure, as they both believe in the supremacy of the party,” he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Abiodun said more women would still be appointed in the near future, expressing shock that he had been misunderstood over the commissioner – nominees’ list recently sent to the House of Assembly.
The governor made this known on Monday night, when he received the representatives of More Women Coalition Group, led by its leader, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, at his Oke Mosan Governor’s Office shortly after they had protested over the alleged marginalisation of women by his administration.

Afolabi had during the meeting pointed out that the group was apolitical and that the protest was not meant to embarrass him, but to demand unapologetically that 35 percent or more political offices be reserved for women in conformity with the House Resolution, passed by the State House of Assembly.

Abiodun reminded the women that some female Commissioner -nominees were still negotiating with their current employers, ostensibly to release them, to take up the positions being offered by the state government.
He noted that his administration could not ignore the women as they have contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of Nigeria and the state in particular.

According to him, a number of women have been made Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Consultants, while his Deputy and the State Head of Service are also women.

The Governor urged the women to be guided by facts when making demands in their advocacy.

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