Anxiety grips Ondo commissioners over new cabinet

Olusegun Mimiko
Olusegun Mimiko

Mimiko gears up for his second term.

Political office holders in Ondo State are currently lobbying to retain their positions after the expiration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s first tenure.

In their last week of office, some of the office holders, while preparing hand over notes, are lobbying to be part of the incoming cabinet.

Anxiety has gripped them all since Mr. Mimiko announced, during his recent visit to the United States, that his new cabinet will consist of a crack team of dynamic people who share his vision for a greater Ondo State.

The governor had said that the qualities members of his new cabinet members would include the ability to learn new things and “break new grounds in his determined efforts at taking Ondo State to greater heights”.

Some of the outgoing political office holders have become permanent fixtures at the residence of those perceived to be close confidants of the governors. They are alleged to be constantly pleading with the ‘confidants’ to ensure that they are included in the incoming administration.

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Already, a directive from the office of the outgoing Secretary to the State Government has directed all the political office holders in the state to submit their official vehicles to the government house pool on or before Friday, February 22.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that only four of the commissioners may retain their position while 18 others may not return.

Clement Faboyede, the Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperative Society tops the list of those who may likely retain their position, sources said.

Mr. Faboyede, who was the Deputy Director General of Mimiko Campaign Organisation, is said to have performed well in the ministry.

Another rumour on the governor’s second term is the fear that Mr. Mimiko will not perform optimally during his second term in office.

Mr. Mimiko’s Chief of Staff, Kola Ademujimi, however, allayed the people’s fear saying that Mr. Mimiko has nothing to think of other that how the state can be better developed.

He said the governor is already geared up for a better performance in his second term.

Mr. Ademujimi said that the governor will retain commissioners and other political office holders based purely on their performance.

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