Party Leaders Flay Nomination of 27-year-old Fakorede
Protests on Thursday rocked Oyo State House of Assembly complex with a group calling for the nullification of nomination of 27-year-old Oluwaseun Fakorede, as a commissioner.
Another group, however, declared support for his nomination, urging the lawmakers to confirm the appointment.
But the anti-protest had no effect as the lawmakers confirmed and approved the three nominees at plenary.
Aside Fakorede, the other nominees screened and confirmed as commissioners include Prof. Raphael Afonja and Mrs. Fausat Sani.
Answering question on what she would do to address child abuse in the state, Mrs. Sani advocated strong punishment for whoever violates child’s right and engages in any form of abuse.
When questioned on the floor, Afonja stressed the need to support governor Makinde to make Oyo State great again.
In his speech, the 27-year-old commissioner-nominee, while responding to question from the lawmakers on plans for the state-owned football club, said the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) is very important to the state government and with the help of stakeholders in the sport world, things will turn around for the club.
He also promised to work tirelessly for the development of youths.
Before the plenary, Oyo State chapter National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), in a counter-protest to declare support for the nomination and confirmation of Fakorede said it decided to embark on the mission in solidarity and expression of confidence in the ability of the nomination of Fakorede.
The group 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 youth should be represented by youth. In fact, youth should take over the leadership of this country.
“It is joyous and impressive that Governor Seyi Makinde has deemed it fit to nominate, not just someone who falls slightly into the bracket as a youth, but a real youth. He is 27 years. We are happy about the nomination, and we are confident that he will come out victorious and successful after the screening.”
But, justifying their calls for the nullification of his nomination, Peoples Democratic Party leaders in Ibarapa North Local Government, led by the senatorial chairman of Oyo South, Sir Samuel Olawuwo, said both Fakorede and his father had long left the party and also worked against the victory of Governor Makinde in the last election.
But when contacted on the alleged call for the nullification of his nomination, Fakorede said the issue is an internal matter that would be settled in due course.
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