- Governor Makinde has made new appointments
- The Oyo state governor, in an uncommon move, appointed two aides from opposition parties in the state
- Makinde approved the appointments of Bolaji Ayorinde of the SDP and Yemi Aderibigbe of the ADC as his key aides, alongside others
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has reportedly appointed two members of opposition parties as officials in his cabinet.
Premium Times reports that Governor Makinde on Thursday, September 12, approved the appointment of Bolaji Ayorinde as special counsel to the governor of Oyo state.
Ayorinde who was the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2019 governorship election in Oyo state contested against Governor Makinde.
Ayorinde had previously served Oyo state in different capacities including being Pro-Chancellor, Chairman Governing Council of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso where he served for four years as well as the chairman of the Oyo State Committee on Prisons Decongestion.
Makinde also appointed a chieftain of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Yemi Aderibigbe, as senior special assistant to the governor on local government and chieftaincy affairs.
Aderibigbe was the ADC candidate for the Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency in the February 23 House of Representatives election.
The appointments were contained in a statement signed by the chief press secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa.
According to the statement, Wale Onaolapo was also appointed as the chairman of the Oyo State Security Trust Fund.
A former principal protocol officer of the University of Ibadan, Gboyega Badejo, was similarly appointed as the director-general (protocol) to the governor.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Makinde said he was told that "50% of funds allocated for projects in the state went back to the governor, 30% to the appointee who allocated the project out of which 10% goes to the governor’s wife".
Makinde made this known during a media chat on his first 100 days in office with the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) TV.
He said what he met on the ground was that only 10% of the total funds for a project go to the contractor for execution.
The Oyo state governor said he would ensure those behind the corrupt practice were brought to book.
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