Protests in Oyo Assembly over 27- year – old commissioner

The leaders of the Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Thursday August 22, staged a protest at the state House of Assembly complex in Ibadan against the nomination of 27-year-old Seun Fakorede as a commissioner.

The protesters led by the senatorial chairman of Oyo South, Samuel Olawuwo, called on the lawmakers to reject the nomination of Mr Seun because he worked against the victory of Governor Seyi Makinde in in the last election .

The ruling party described the nomination of Seun as unguarded, ‘because the new commissioner is from the opposition All Progressives Congress.”

We are not here quarrelling with the governor at all. We are not quarrelling with the Speaker. But we only want to express our concern about the man they picked. His father is a staunch member of the APC,” Samuel said .

However, in a counter protest, the Chairman of the Oyo State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students, identified simply as Omosile, who led other students to declare support for Fakorede, said, “We are here today to solidarise with our brother, Seun Fakorede, on his nomination as a commissioner. This is a laudable nomination because for years, youths have been on the frontline of advocating that youths should be represented by youths.”

He further said, “I don’t know any party affiliation but NANS as a body doesn’t care about party affiliations. What we care about is development. What we care about is competence. From the look of things and our background checks and intelligence reports, Fakorede is fit enough to lead the state Ministry of Youth and Sports.”

The PDP’s protest however did not have any effect as the lawmakers went on to confirm and approve the three nominees sent by the Governor.

Apart from Mr Seun, the other nominees screened and confirmed as commissioners included Prof. Raphael Afonja and Mrs Fausat Sani.

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