… SSG Tokunbo Talabi Takes Over!
Gateway State of Ogun State may be undertaking what appears to be an abnormality in the way the affairs of a state should be run.
The whole scenario, we were told, is capable of setting the state on fire and might be a bad precedent that could lead to animosity among the key political players in the state.
Sources revealed that the whole drama started when Governor Dapo Abiodun of the state left for the United Kingdom from where he went to visit the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is recuperating after an operation.
It was gathered that rather than for the Governor to hand over power to his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele as required by the Constitution, the affairs of the state is being run by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tokunbo Talabi.
This reportedly infuriated the Deputy Governor, who rather than allowing the matter degenerate into a crisis, decided to also take a trip to London until further notice.
“The SSG, Tokunbo Talabi who was not voted for is now the defacto governor of the state and he is now the person directing the affairs of the state.
“This is purely against the Constitution of the country and it could lead to a crisis that the Governor would not be able to control when the time comes,” said a source.
We equally gathered that the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, who should be third in line in the state, is attending a conference in the United States of America.
Sources said that this was the first time in the history of Ogun State, when the governor, the Deputy and the Speaker of the house of assembly would be out of the country at the same time, leaving an unelected official of the state in the person of the SSG to be doing what he likes with the affairs of the state.
The elite of the state, we were informed, believe that the governor was taking people for a ride and that he must be questioned “about why he left the state without a government for such a long period.”