Friday August 12, 2011 – Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has succumbed to pressure that greeted his list of commissioner-nominees submitted to the State House of Assembly as some of the nominees have been replaced with new names.
Sixteen names were initially submitted by the state governor to the House, but during the screening of the nominees yesterday, only eleven were screened.
Vanguard investigation revealed that names of six of the nominees earlier submitted had been removed.
Among the names missing in the new list are Alhaji Dauda Wasiu, Adeolu Adeleke, former Speaker of the house in the administration of Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Nureni Adisa, Ajiboye Omodewu, Esther Akerele and Peter Odetomi.
Though, their names were removed from the commissioner’s list, some of them were said to have been moved to boards of parastatals among others.
Vanguard gathered that the two candidates of the former Governor, Senator Ladoja- Nureni Adisa and Adeolu Adeleke of the Accord Party are yet to be screened.
The governor was said to have stayed action on the nominees until all the grey areas are discussed.
Included in yesterday’s screening were three new nominees believed to be candidates of some political bigwigs in the state.
They were Mrs. Kafayat Adeojo, Sumbo Owolabi, Mr. Adedayo Olagbenro and Yunus Akintunde.
At the screening, while some nominees were subjected to rigorous screening, some were only asked to bow and leave.
When Mr. Kazeem Adedeji was being screened, Adeyemo Adesina representing Ibarapa East said, Mr. Adedeji, as a former parliamentarian should be given special treatment.
He said, “Having gone through his curriculum vitae, it is obvious he was a parliamentarian and a senior colleague. I want the House to accord him respect as a parliamentarian which is recognized globally by not asking him any question but to take a bow”.
Those who were screened by the House were Dr. Olaniyi Olarinde; Dr Abdul-Lateef Olopoenia; Yunus Akintunde, Abimbola Kolade; Kazeem Adedeji, Bosun Oladele; Mrs Tinuke Osunkoya; Mr Adebayo Ojo; Mr Lowo Obisesan; Mrs Tokunbo Fayokun; and Adedeji Adelabu.
Also four of the seven names of the nominees for the local governments were also screened.