Ogun 2023: Ambitious Dapo Abiodun’s Appointees Refuse To Resign As Directed By The Governor
Members of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s cabinet who are interested in the 2023 general elections are yet to resign their appointments as ordered by the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun MFR.
Recall that Prince Dapo Abiodun had on December 7, 2021, said appointees nursing political ambition for 2023 should resign from his government on or before January 31, 2021.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, he said the directive had “become expedient to avoid observed distractions and loss of focus in the discharge of their responsibilities.”
Abiodun said “those who cannot wait till the appropriate time for 2023 electioneering process should take their leave to pursue their ambitions.”
One month after the directive and barely 20 days to the expiration of the January 31 deadline, nobody in Abiodun’s cabinet had summoned the courage to resign for the sake of pursuing 2023 ambition. VOA News gathered.
While some Ogun residents are slightly having the impression that none of the governor’s appointees is running for any political post in 2023, activities going on at the various constituencies of these ambitious government functionaries prove otherwise.
Information available at our News desk revealed that a number of those eyeing one position or the other have commenced consultations in earnest, planning how to outsmart their perceived opponents to win the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Aside from social media promotions, some of the appointees have started mounting billboards in strategic locations, especially during the Yuletide. An instance was the 2021 Odun Omo Iganmode held in Ota where supporters of a current appointee of the state government were flying banners with various inscriptions that showed their boss’s interest in running for a political position come 2023.
In some local governments, the governor’s cabinet members are ‘at war’ with other top politicians, to the extent of diverting all political benefits to their loyalists. Recently, three APC members were arrested in Ijebu North Local Government over Gov Abiodun’s Christmas rice.
Though many of those politicians are yet to declare their ambition, it was gathered that some of them may meet the Governor to inform him of their plans to run for offices, just like Chief Bola Tinubu met President Muhammadu Buhari to declare his ambition on Monday.