Ge­orge to Fashola: Stop com­plain­ing about Jonathan’s ap­point­ments

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

For­mer deputy na­tional chair­man of the People’s Demo­cratic Party Bode Ge­orge has called on La­gos State Gover­nor Ba­batunde Fashola to stop com­plain­ing that the state de­served more than a min­is­ter of state from Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan.

Ge­orge said he was sur­prised that Fashola was also just com­plain­ing that the Min­is­ter of Trade and In­vest­ment, Oluse­gun Aganga, is not from La­gos State.

Fashola had on Wed­nes­day said Aganga who was ap­pointed a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of La­gos in Jonathan’s cab­i­net is not an in­di­gene of the state.

He had also noted that Jonathan got a sub­stan­tial num­ber of votes in La­gos dur­ing the last gen­eral elec­tions and should there­fore have ap­pointed a nom­i­nee from the state a full min­is­ter rather than a min­is­ter of state po­si­tion given Se­na­tor Musiliu Obanikoro.

But Ge­orge told state house cor­re­spon­dents yes­ter­day that Fashola must have just wo­ken up from “the wrong side of his bed.”

He said Aganga him­self had never dis­puted that he is not from La­gos, ex­plain­ing that even when the Oba of La­gos wanted to give him a birth cer­tifi­cate, he was hon­est enough to have re­jected it.

The PDP chief­tain noted that La­gos PDP stake­hold­ers had com­plained to Jonathan that Aganga is from Edo State and re­quested a na­tive of La­gos as min­is­ter.

“(Aganga) grew up in La­gos and we re­al­ized that. That was why we made a rep­re­sen­ta­tion to Mr. Pres­i­dent and spoke about the need to have an indige­nous Lagosian as a min­is­ter. He promised us. That’s why to­day, we’ve Obanikoro as a min­is­ter also from La­gos State. The con­sti­tu­tion guar­an­tees that there’ll be a min­is­ter per state, indige­nous,” Ge­orge said.

“But it’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity also of the pres­i­dent to give ex­tra. Apart from one for each state, there’ll be an ex­tra for the zone. The last time, there were two min­is­ters from Ogun State; but now, to re­dress that im­bal­ance, be­cause we’re com­plain­ing that yes, Aganga wasn’t from La­gos,” he said.

Bode Ge­orge

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