Lagos State Assembly Rejects Sanwo-Olu’s Three Cabinet-Nominees, Confirms Others
Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday, August 19, 2019, rejected three of the 38 nominees sent by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his cabinet. Those rejected are Ms. Adekemi Ajayi-Bembe, Obafemi George and Lanre Sanusi.
The confirmation followed the presentation, debate, and adoption of the report of the 16-man ad hoc committee for the screening of the nominees into the state executive council. Chief Whip of the house and chairman of the committee, Hon. Rotimi Abiru presented the report. The committee had on August 1 commenced the screening of the first batch of the cabinet list comprising 25 nominees and concluded the exercise on August 3. On August 15, it started screening the second batch.
The confirmed nominees are Mr. Tunji Bello, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, Dr. Wale Ahmed, Mrs. Lola Akande, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, Mr. Hakeem Fahm, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo, and Mr. Samuel Egube. Others are Mrs. Bolaji Dada, Mr. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu, Mrs. Solape Hammond, Mr. Kabiru Abdullahi, Mr. Olalere Odusote and Mr. Aramide Adeyoye.
Dr. Frederick Oladeinde, Mr. Olatunbosun Alake, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Prof. Akin Abayomi, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, Dr. Idris Salako, Mr. Bonu Saanu, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, and Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka also made the list. The rest are Princess Aderemi Adebowale, Mrs. Shulamite Adebolu, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, Mr. Adetokunbo Wahab, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, Ms. Ruth Olusanya, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Mr. Oladele Ajayi and Mr. Joe Igbokwe.
Before their confirmation, the house had invited each nominee for brief introduction during plenary. During the exercise, the nominees promised to serve the state conscientiously in whichever office the governor assigned them.
After the confirmation, the speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, directed the clerk, Mr. Sanni Azeez, to forward the list of the confirmed nominees to the governor. He said that the governor could still re-nominate those rejected by the House.