Why Three Lagos Commissioner-Nominees Were Dropped

The three Lagos State commissioner-nominees who were not confirmed on Monday by the House of Assembly were victims of high-wired politics, it has been revealed.

Those affected are: Samuel Obafemi George, Adekemi Ajayi Bembe and Olarenwaju Sanusi.

A source said the Assembly could not resist the pressure to deny them clearance, owning to the weight of allegations against them.

The source simply said, “The matter was beyond the control of the lawmakers.

“It is now evident that nominations and screening were not final. Post-screening hurdles may arise from familiar and strange quarters.”

Asked to shed light on what he described as high wired politics, he said: “I suspected that the outcry against them arose from their people; from their constituencies where leaders and critical stakeholders who cannot be ignored were kicking.

“I don’t think it was due to poor performance at the screening, although we heard that a particular nominee did not measure up during the exercise and the House Committee that screened them noted the non-display of competence.

“They were not confirmed because of politics of preference and rejection. The influence of powerful people who didn’t want them dwarfed those of their supporters in their respective constituencies. They did not play their cards well at home. It can happen because it is politics.”

However, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu could represent the rejected nominees, if he so wished.

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