George to Fashola: Stop complaining about Jonathan’s appointments
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.