As the clock ticks for the inauguration of Mr Babajide Sanwoolu and Dr Obafemi Hamzat as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Lagos State respectively, a the list of their cabinet members has been completely compiled.
PoliticsNGR was informed on Thursday that the immediate past governor of the state of Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola was given the task by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state.
Sources close to the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu revealed that he gave the job to Aregbesola as a trusted ally, who has been in charge of such ‘jobs’ before his election as governor of Osun State for two consecutive terms.
It was reliably gathered that the task was not actually monopolized by the Ilesha, Osun State-born politician, as we were told that he consulted all the necessary stakeholders across the three senatorial districts in the state to please everybody and make them relevant.
The offices to be filled include those of commissioners, special advisers, special assistants, board members, heads of agencies and parastatals, which shows that the compilation was obviously not an easy task.
Sources privy to the development revealed that the leadership of the party were meticulous about the whole arrangement so that they would put square pegs in square holes and avoid unnecessary mistakes. The plan, we were told, is to move Lagos State forward from being a mega city to a smart city, adding that the job could not be done by ‘neophytes’.
“The job was given to Engineer Rauf Aregbesola because he is familiar with the politics and workings of Lagos State.”
“Aregbesola was the Commissioner for Works under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for eight years apart from being the political leader in Alimosho, which happens to be the biggest local government in the country in terms of population.”
“He has been consistent as one of the major players in Lagos politics and no one can question his authority once he carries Asiwaju Bola Tinubu along in whatever he wants to do,” said a source.
The list has been endorsed by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who only offered his own input and gave a final approval.
POLITICSNGR also learned that Candidates for the offices were thoroughly scrutinized even though most of them are people that have excelled in their various professions.
This is part of a grand plan to ensure that Sanwoolu surpasses the achievements of the incumbent Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.