The current delay in the announcement of a full cabinet by the Kwara State government since the dissolution of the previous cabinet may not be unconnected to moves by the state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to ensure adequate representation of camps and factions within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
There have been indications that Governor AbdulRazaq had made a request of nominees from the camps of the Minister of Information, Lai Muhammed and a few others, with emphasis on balance of gender and faith.
A party echelon who craved anonymity said “I am aware that the Governor, as part of his move efforts, has personally met with the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed and a few others to request them to send in nominees for the new cabinet. In fact, the need to give Lai and others more presence in the government was a major reason for the dissolution of the cabinet in the first place”.
“Two weeks ago, the Governor came to see the Minister in Abuja and they discussed the cabinet composition. He asked the Minister to bring the names of his nominees, even though he requested that he prefers a mixture of men and women for a balanced cabinet. But the feelers are that the Minister and others fighting the Governor are saying they want the former chairman Basheer Omolaja Bolarinwa to be returned.
“This is a condition they are putting on the ground. The Governor does not appear to be disposed to that. Besides, the request is interpreted even at the APC national secretariat to mean that the Minister wants to have absolute control of the party to the detriment of the Governor and other stakeholders who hardly agree with the Minister.”
Recall that the Governor recently sent a list of 7 commissioner nominees to the state assembly, which had since been approved.
Another source from other camps also said “Another challenge is that the nominees being brought forward are all men. I understand that the Governor is saying that, whereas he appointed 56 percent female commissioners before, the lowest he would go is 50 percent apiece and adequate faith representation”.
The challenge now is that the Governor we know may be forced to return his former cabinet members if the camp of Alhaji Lai Mohammed and others do not come up with their cabinet nominees while insisting that BOB must return. I hope reasons prevail so that the party can move on,” he added.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Governor’s spokesperson and the Information minister proved abortive as at press time.