Nine months after Gboyega Oyetola was sworn in as the governor of Osun State, he is yet to constitute his executive council as he has continued to run the state with supervisors instead of commissioners.
Oyetola was sworn in as Osun governor on November 27, 2018.
Analysts fear his administration is following the antecedent of the immediate past governor, Rauf Aregbesola, who during his second term in office refused to appoint commissioners for more than a year due to what he tagged financial constraints.
A political analysts, Kehinde Orioye who spoke to journalists on the development remarked that while the constitution provides for the appointment of commissioners, Oyetola simply used his discretion to appoint supervisors for some ministries he considers very important.
Seven supervisors have been appointed to do the work of commissioners over the ministries of works, finance, agriculture, home affairs, education and information.
“The governor has simply shown that he can manage the affairs of the state with his discretion. While the Constitution provided for the appointment of commissioners he has refused to do so. This, he may not consider key to his government.
“Appointment of supervisors for some ministries is not even approved by the law. You don’t edit the provision of the law. The law says commissioner not ministries supervisors nor supervising commissioners. If the seven ministries are the only ministries considered key to running a government, then we should scrap others,” Orioye argued.
However, a source at the Government House was quoted as saying that the delay was due to two basic reasons: first that the governor wanted to ensure that he will not be sacked by the court following the decision of the major opposition candidate, Ademola Adeleke, to contest the election results and secondly to make sure the presidential election was held before appointing commissioners to avoid any division that may occur from the selection.
“By the time his Excellency was inaugurated, it was not certain that we will remain in government. In fact, there was high tension after the tribunal upturned the election. Appointment of commissioners at that critical points cannot be done. We need to be sure that all is well before nominating commissioners. The focus of the government then was simply how to remain in office”.
Edo Deputy Gov Shaibu Dedicates New Office Ahead Of Resumption
Comrade Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo state dedicated his new office on Tuesday, October 3, ahead of his resumption.
A video shared online showed over 10 priests praying, blessing and spraying holy water inside and outside the premises as other voices can be heard singing hymns and other songs.
Recall that Shaibu’s office was relocated from the state government house after he fell out with his principal, Godwin Obaseki.
The politicians fell out after Shuaibu declared his intention to seek election as governor of the state after Obaseki completes his tenure.
This caused a rift between them as Obaseki did not hide his disapproval. He took several steps including relocating Shaibu’s office out of the state government house.
They have however settled their differences after Shaibu tendered a public apology to Obaseki.
You Didn’t Submit Your UNN Certificate To INEC – Omokri Tells Peter Obi
Former Presidential aide, Reno Omokri, has taken a swipe at Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, for questioning the legitimacy of the academic records of President Bola Tinubu.
Peter Obi had, while reacting to the university certificate issues surrounding Tinubu, said people should be honest about their qualifications, insisting that educational qualification is not even a criterion to be a good President.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, obtained victory in his fierce legal battle to probe the academic qualification of Tinubu in the February 25 presidential poll.
Tinubu had supplied certificates from the Chicago State University, CSU, to INEC to secure eligibility to participate in the election.
A United States of America court on Saturday ordered CSU to release Tinubu’s academic records for verification and in support of Atiku’s petition challenging the result of the 2023 presidential poll.
Justice Nancy Maldonado, in a judgment, dismissed the objection raised by Tinubu against Atiku’s request and expressly ordered that the CSU must submit the academic records to Atiku.
And on Monday evening, the records were made available to the PDP leader, although the authenticity is still being questioned by some sections of social media users.
But Reno is calling out the Labour Party candidate for even suggesting that there could have been a fake certificate somewhere.
“Peter Obi, Chicago State University, has backed Bola Tinubu’s certificate and stands by the legitimacy of his academic credentials,” he wrote on X.
“Only yesterday morning, you were on AriseTV accusing a certain leader of having a ‘fake certificate.’
“Now, answer this question: Why did you not tender your own degree from the University of Nigeria Nsukka to the INEC?”
Alia Appoints NAN Correspondent, Others Media Aides
By David Torough, Abuja
Benue state Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, on Monday, appointed a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Principal Correspondent, Bridget Ikyado, as his Principal Special Assistant (PSA) on Media & Publicity/Strategic Communications.
This was contained in a press statement in Makurdi by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Tersoo Kula.
Alia, in the statement, approved the appointment of 11 media aides with various designations.
He appointed other aides including; Angula Reuben – Principal Special Assistant (PSA) on ICT & New Media.
He also appointed Isaac Uzaan, Principal Special Assistant (PSA) on Media & Content Creation and Donald Kumun – Principal Special Assistant (PSA) on Print Media.
Also in the statement, he appointed Ferdinand Shinyi – Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media & Strategic Communications, James Asortar – Special Assistant on Social Media and Igbatar Jerry – Special Assistant on Digital Media.
Ahoho Terungwa was appointed Special Assistant on Broadcast Media, Ephraim Lanshima – Special Assistant on Visual Communication (Photographer), Raphael Ajav – Personal Assistant on Videography and Wizzy Wisdom – Personal Assistant on Photography.
Before Ikyado’s appointment, she was at the agency’s head office in Abuja covering Religious Affairs and Solutions and Developmental Journalism.
In her 13 years of working with NAN, she has attended several national and international trainings, notable among which were trainings in Cybercrime and Security, Health and Gender.
The governor also assigned portfolios to some Special Advisers, including; Alex Addingi – International Investment, Fidelis Unongo – Special Duties & Intergovernmental Affairs.
Akombo Benedict – Business, SMEs & Microfinance, Bemgba Anjembe – Agriculture & Climate Change, Dr. Dennis Akura – Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs, Jonathan Lahave – Legislative Matters, were also appointed.
Dr. Aondona Mkor Aondona – Research, Documentation & Strategy, Akaager Imoter Isaac – LGA Market Coordination & Monitoring, and Jonathan Gyuse – Poverty Alleviation & Youth Empowerment, were among the list.
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