Revealed: Why Gbenga Omotosho, Abayomi , 15 Others Were Rejected By Lagos Assembly As Commissioners


Facts are beginning to emerge on why Gbenga Omotosho, a former Editor of The Nation Newspaper, and 16 other cabinet nominees failed the screening exercise at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday proceeded to confirm 22 out of the 39 proposed cabinet nominees on the list sent by Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu.

The Seventeen nominees were reportedly rejected during the confirmation which was done through a voice vote as Obasa mentioned the name of each of them including Gbenga Omotosho, a former Editor of The Nation Newspaper who served as the immediate Commissioner in charge of the Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy.

For many, Gbenga Omotosho’s case was an isolated one that breeds concern, given that he served in the first tenure of Governor of Sanwo-Olu’s administration to the admiration of many keen watchers.

“Omotosho’s is particularly worrisome given that he did a good job for the governor during his first tenure. It is, however, confusing that he was not confirmed this time”, a source who spoke to ENigeria Newspaper said.

“Another isolated case which concerns me, is that of Professor Akin Abayomi, the immediate past Commissioner for Health in Lagos. An astute professional who laid his life for Lagosians during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whatever may have led to this is a serious issue”, the source concluded.

Meanwhile speaking on the possible reason for failing the screening exercise, Aro Abiodun a lawmaker representing the Ikorodu Constituency II said that he could not speak for the House but only for his constituency.

Similarly, the chairman of the screening committee and Chief Whip of the House, Mojeed, simply said in a text message, “It was a decision of (all) 40 members (of the House).”

But in his analysis of the situation, a former member of the House who pleaded anonymity said such rejection could be for several reasons.

“A nominee may be rejected for several reasons. It may be for not having the (APC) party membership card or for presenting a controversial qualification. Other reasons could be security-related or criminal records, unexplained dismissal from office, among others.”

Asked if there would still be an opportunity for the rejected nominees to be cleared later, the ex-lawmaker said, “No. They won’t be cleared. The governor will have to send other names.”

Consequently, Gboyega Akosile, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a telephone conversation said, the outcome of the screening and confirmation had yet to be transmitted to the governor, hence the governor had yet to know the reason for the reported rejection of some nominees.

“Mr. Governor has not received it officially, but we are just hearing from the media. So, we will wait for when the Speaker transmits it to the governor, then we will know the appropriate reaction from the governor,” Akosile said.

The rejected nominees are: Folashade Adefisayo, Akin Abayomi, Yomi Oluyomi, Folashade Ambrose, Barakat Bakare, Gbenga Omotosho, Olalere Odusote, Rotimi Fashola, Bolaji Dada, Sam Egube, Olalekan Fatodu, Solape Hammond, Mosopefolu George, Aramide Adeyoye, Seun Osiyemi, Rotimi Ogunwuyi, and Olumide Oluyinka.

Further investigation by CKN News revealed that apart from taking into consideration the protest by Muslim leaders in Lagos over the loopsidedness of the names in favour of Christians, the Speaker of the House Obasa has not forgiven Governor Babajide Sanwoolu for supporting another member of the house for the position of the Speaker

To him , this is an opportunity to take his pound of flesh without the blood ( Shakespeare)

CKN News learnt that some of the commissioner nominees may still be confirmed as the battle has shifted to Aso Rock where President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is expected to intervene on the matter in the coming days


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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