Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo Olu is certainly in dilemma as former commissioners who have served during the administration of ex-governor Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola are lobbying seriously to get back on board in the coming administration.
Sanwo-Olu seems confused as these ‘heavyweights’ scampering for positions in his administration had enjoyed the aura and prestige attached to such positions in the past, in fact, they had made lots of money.
Since he defeated his opponent, Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by a landslide in March, many of the old horses have been hanging around his Ikoyi campaign office seeking his attention to be considered for certain positions.
This has put pressure on Sanwo-Olu as many of them are now claiming to be his big brother (‘egbon’ ).
These ex-aides of Tinubu and Fashola are always seen at Sanwo-Olu’s campaign office waiting for any opportunity to be allowed to see the governor-elect to make their intention known.
Spotted at Sanwo-Olu’s Awolowo Way, Ikoyi campaign office are Ayo Gbeleyi, who was a former Commissioner for Finance during the Fashola administration. He was also a one time Director General, Public Private Partnership, PPP, during Fashola’s tenure. Gbeleyi, no doubt, may be seeking a second term in the coming administration.
Also, Bosun Jeje, a one time Commissioner for Housing in during Fashola’s administration is also among those milling around seeking attention of the governor-elect.
There is also Oyinlomo Danmole, who was a former Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture and a Special Adviser, Central Business District, CBD, during Fashola’s administration. Oyinlomo was spotted at a meeting the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Kadri Hamzat held with newsmen shortly before the governorship election. The former Fashola aide is craving for attention in the in-coming administration.
Moreso, a former Commissioner for Agriculture, Kaoli Olusanya, during Tinubu’s administration is also craving attention. Olusanya owned a very big school in Ikorodu.
A former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation during Tinubu’s administration, Kemi Nelson has also been spotted at Sanwo-Olu’s Ikoyi office. Nelson is the current APC Southwest Women Leader and is advanced in age. No one knows what she was doing at the office, but it might not be unconnected with a position in the in-coming administration.
A one time Commissioner in Tinubu’s administration and a former minister, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, was also seen at the Ikoyi office of Sanwo-Olu. Having seen it all, one wonders what position he may be seeking as he appears bigger than whatever position Sanwo-Olu’s administration can offer.
A source confided in PMNews that many of the old brigade had been frequenting Sanwo-Olu’s campaign office to the point that they are constituting a nuisance.
The source wondered why such people who had seen it all were still craving for positions in the new government. He accused them of causing distractions.
With these and many others around his office, Sanwo-Olu certainly has a huge task in his hand as to who to choose as members of his cabinet. No doubt, many of them will visit Bourdillon Road, home of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to seek his support for juicy positions in Sanwo-Olu’s government.