Makinde To Appoint 14 Commissioners


Barring any last minute change, Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde is expected to submit the list which contain names of 14 Commissioners to the Oyo State House of Assembly this week.

It was gathered that Makinde had actually wanted 13 commissioners before it was increased to 14.

It will be recalled that there was a sharing formula agreed on among the joint parties before the Guber election.

At a meeting of the coalition parties’ representatives which took place inside Makinde’s Kolapo Ishola house, it was agreed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would nominate 50 per cent of all appointees while the African Democratic Congress, ADC; Zenith Labour Party, ZLP; Social Democratic Party, SDP and others will form the remaining 50 per cent.

Our Correspondent reliably gathered that while Makinde accepted that PDP will nominate 7 of the 13 commissioners, ADC got 3, ZLP, SDP, and Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP got one each. “It was when Barr Sharafadeen Alli stood up to make case for ZLP that the governor increased it to 14, leaving ZLP with 2 nominees,” a source who was at the meeting explained.

While the joint political parties have submitted names of their nominees, it remains PDP nominees that are being sorted.

In the new arrangement, PDP will have 6 and 7 special advisers and commissioners respectively. ADC will have 2 and 3 special advisers and commissioners while ZLP will have 2 and 2 special advisers and commissioners respectively. SDP and CNPP will have a commissioner and special adviser each.

Though arrangement has not been made on how to share the chairmanship position, Makinde was quoted as saying that the parties should start with the special adviser and commissionership issue first to know how far they can go.

Our Correspondent confirmed that ZLP has nominated and submitted the names of the duo of Bimbo Adepoju and Waheed Akanbi, While ADC is still sorting out its names. “ADC has 5 groups and they have been given 5 cabinet positions.


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