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Thursday, October 20, 2016

‘’My Time To Depart Just Happened To Be Now..I Remain Loyal ’’ Folly Coker Explains As Alleged Details Behind Gov Ambode’s Cabinet Reshuffle That Resulted In Disengagement Of 3 Commissioners & More To Go Hit Town

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday disengaged three commissioners from the state cabinet.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker; his counterparts in Finance, Dr Mustapha Akinkunmi; and Transportation, Dr Ekundayo Mobereola, were removed a year after they were appointed into office.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, who released a statement on the development, did not give any reason for the sacking.

But sources said the sacking was the culmination of the internal wrangling in Ambode’s cabinet, adding that more might still come.

The statement read in part, “The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday effected a reshuffle of his cabinet with the dropping of the Commissioners for Tourism, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker; Finance, Dr Mustapha Akinkunmi; and Transportation, Dr Ekundayo Mobereola.

“This development comes exactly one year after the governor constituted his executive council, precisely on October 19, 2015.

“The governor expressed his appreciation to the former commissioners for their service to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours.”

Sources, however, said the commissioners were fired because some of them tackled Ambode to observe due process in governance.

It was gathered that there had been grumblings by some commissioners about the administrative style of Ambode, including the fact that some commissioners were allegedly being favoured.

It was also learnt that there had been personality clashes among some members of the state cabinet.

“Three commissioners had threatened to resign about three months ago, but were prevailed on to change their minds by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

“Some members of the cabinet were also accused of incompetence, disloyalty and insubordination, among others. But nobody thought it could lead to this sacking.  We heard that more people will still be sacked,” a source said.

Akinkunmi had yet to reply to a text message sent to his mobile phone.

Folarin-Coker, in a text message, said he had no issue with Ambode, adding that it was time for him to leave the cabinet.

He said, “Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is my leader and boss. He is a visionary leader and he understands what Lagos needs best. He is also a close friend; there was no clash between us. Lagos needs to move at an accelerating pace and my time to depart just happened to be today. I remain totally loyal to him and the party. I am grateful to God to have been able to serve my state for 18 years. Itesiwaju eko lo je wa logun.”

Mobereola said, “Sorry, I cannot comment.”

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, in his reaction, said the development was “just a routine cabinet reshuffle.”

He added that he was not in a position to know whether more commissioners would be sacked or not


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