A 27-year-old man, Seun Fakorede whose nomination as commissioner in Oyo State, has been successful at the screening by the state lawmakers.
Recall his nomination was protested against by many members of the Oyo State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday, at the state House of Assembly complex.
Recently, governor Seyi Makinde sent three additional names of commissioner-nominees to the Assembly, which included Seun Fakorede, an indigene of Ibarapa North Local Government Area, Professor Raphael Afonja and Mrs. Fausat San
They were to be screened by the lawmakers when the protesting PDP members, led by Oyo South Senatorial Chairman, Sir. Samuel Olawuwo, stormed the Assembly yesterday.
They called on the lawmakers to turn down the nomination of Fakorede, claiming that both Fakorede and his father had long left the party and also worked against the victory of Governor Makinde in the last election.
Olawuwo said, “When we voted, we thank God that we won at the state level. We won at the senatorial level. By the time we were campaigning about, the governor promised us that anytime he wanted to pick either the commissioner or any other office, he would consult us. But he didn’t do that when he wanted to pick Seun Fakorede.
“Our people in that area have plans for whatever we do. We have slated the commissionership slot for Tapa, and to which that has been done. So, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Mrs Olufunmilayo Orisadeyi is from Tapa.
“We slated House of Assembly for Igangan and that has been done. For Ideas, we slated caretaker chairman. Then, we slated the slot for House of Representatives to Igboora. If there is another chance, Igboora is going to be the next place to be considered for commissioner. But that was not done.
“We are not here quarreling with the governor at all. We are not quarrelling with the Speaker. But we only want to express our concern about the man picked. It is very appalling. This man, whose son is now picked, is a staunch member of APC.
“We totally reject the nomination of Seun Fakorede. If the governor wants to nominate another person, we are not quarreling with that. But that family, we are totally rejecting it. The people participating in this protest are from Igboora, Idere, Aiyete, Tapa, Igangan.”
Despite the outcry, the Assembly screened and confirmed Fakorede, Afonja and Sani amid controversies.