Ajimobi appoints his brother as caretaker chairman and it becomes controversial. Here is what you may not know
For quite a couple of days now, I’ve kept quiet on the issue of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state offering his brother, Teslim Ajimobi, an ill-advised decision (I must say) that has gotten national attention as everyone is understandably dragging the governor for this decision and one of such people opposed to that action is my good friend Demola Lanrewaju
Meanwhile (again) – hope you heard the Constituted Authority of Oyo State Ajimobi appointed his own brother as LGA Caretaker Chairman?
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) April 20, 2017
In case you don’t know what is going on, Oyo state government recently sent the new list of Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen to the House of Assembly and the list included the governor’s brother, Teslim Ajimobi, one of the sons of ex-governor of Oyo State, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala.
According to media report, the list of caretaker chairmen for 33 councils and additional Local Council Development Areas was sent to the state House of Assembly and members of Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission but has become controversial since it has resulted in arguments and confrontations even within the rank and file of the APC in Oyo state.
Vanguard newspapers reported that a bloody clash erupted on Monday between two visible factions within the party – Ajimobi’s supporters and supporters of Late Lamidi Adesina. The clash was over the unfair composition of the list – 97% of which reportedly were loyalists of AJimobi thus disenfranchising other stakeholders in the party. They also had issues with the appointment of Akala’s son, Olamijuwonlo who is to become the caretaker chairman of Ogbomoso North, son of former Olubadan of Ibadanland, late Oba Samuel Odulana, Prince Gbade Lana and, the person that really got my attention, the governor’s brother, Alhaji Teslim Ajimobi.
Who is Teslim Ajimobi?
That was the question that came to my mind and I did Google search to get some answers. I found out he had been interested in contesting for the Chairman of Ibadan South East Local Government even before it was handed over to him by Governor Ajimobi. He has his own political movement and his followers call him the silent achiever.
He actually seems as a qualified grassroots politician who I believe could have a chance of winning the election fair and square but would now have to be labelled in the media as a beneficiary of his brother’s constituted authority. This is something that will affect other children and relatives of prominent individuals that also got appointments from GovernorAjimobi – people will not assess them based on their credentials because in the eyes of everyone, they are there because of the surname they bear.