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Lagos GAC Meets Sanwo-Olu, Obasa Over Commissioner-nominees Rejection




The Lagos State Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision-making body of the State All Progressives Congress (APC), has met with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Speaker Mudashiru Obasa.

Naija News gathered that the meeting, which was held at Lagos House, Marina, had in attendance former Deputy Gov Mrs Adejoke Adefulire, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, Dr Yomi Finnih, Ganiyu Olarenwaju Solomon, APC Lagos Chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi and other party stalwarts.

According to reports, the meeting may not be unconnected with the rejection of 17 nominees that Governor Sanwo-Olu submitted to the Assembly.

Giving an update about the meeting on Wednesday evening on Twitter, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile, said: “Governor @jidesanwoolu, Mr. Speaker @mudashiru_obasa, and GAC members today after a meeting at Lagos House, Marina.

“This is Lagos, a place where the finest democratic culture reigns supreme for a Great Lagos Rising.”

Recall that Sanwo-Olu had in July transmitted a list containing 39 nominees to the legislative arm for screening for appointment as commissioners.

The House cleared 22 of the nominees and rejected 17 others, including six former commissioners of the governor in his first tenure.

The former commissioners include Gbenga Omotoso (Information and strategy), Akin Abayomi (Health), and Sam Egube (Economic planning and budget).

Others are Cecilia Dada (Women’s Affairs and Poverty Alleviation), Olalere Odusote (Energy Resources), and Folashade Adefisayo (Education).

This resulted in an uproar, with many insinuating that the Governor and the Speaker were at loggerheads.

Obasa had queried the qualification of some persons nominated by Sanwo-Olu for appointment as commissioners.

He said two of the nominees were rejected, and the rejection was not based on their qualifications, experience, or exposure.

Obasa had said the decision of the Assembly on the cabinet is final.

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and Editor at Naija News.