Governor Abiodun, Deputy in cold war, revealing details of how Deputy Governor has been sidelined in governance






Barely seven months in government, a cold war is brewing between Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and his Deputy, Engineer Noimot Salako-Oyedele.

The war, Nigeria Standard, reliably gathered was as result of an alleged cold treatment the Governor is giving his Deputy.

According to a reliable source within the government, Salako-Oyedele had been sidelined in the scheme of events in the State and this is really giving the renowned Engineer sleepless nights.

The source furthered told Nigeria Standard that the Deputy Governor is confused about her next line of action whether to confront the Governor or take the issue to the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chapter of the State.

It would be recalled that, the choice of Salako-Oyedele from Ado Odo Ota Local Government area of the state, was made by the leaders, elders and stakeholders of the party after dispassionate deliberations, detailed screening of various qualified individuals that were hitherto put forward for the position, and a voting process by all stakeholders present at a meeting held at the former Governor Olusegun Osoba’s house in Abeokuta, the State capital.

Salako-Oyedele is the daughter of late Professor Lateef A. Salako who served in the State as Chairman of Ogun State Scholarship Board and Chairman Ogun State University Teaching Hospital Board of Management.

The 52-year-old, Deputy Governor is a multi-talented professional with over 30 years of experience in Consulting, Contracting and Real Estate Sector.

She was also a former General Manager (Business Development)/Acting Managing Director, Grenadines Homes Limited, she has also served as Graduate Engineer/ Project Manager at Ove Arup & Partners, London, UK.

Governor Abiodun at the inception of his administration had asked his party leaders to give him the list of roads, schools and hospitals, one from each ward to be rehabilitated.

Rehabilitation works had been going at the 325 wards across the three Senatorial Districts of the State.

Following her vast experience as an Engineer, the State Ministry of Works was placed under her.

But Nigeria Standard investigations revealed that, ever since the Ministry had been placed under her, she has had little or no contribution in the award of contracts for either road construction or rehabilitation.

The Deputy Governor, the source said, had no input in the award of contracts in the rehabilitation of public primary schools in the State.

According to the sources, “So many contracts have been awarded for the repair, reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads and public primary schools and hospitals across the State.

“She (Salako-Oyedele) has not been carried along and she had been sidelined in the scheme of events and this has resulted in a cold war between her and the Governor”, the source said.

The Deputy Governor, it was gathered called the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works to complain about the way things were being done but the PS told her that he had only been complying with the order from “above”.

When contacted, the spokesperson to the Deputy Governor, Seun Boye insisted that there was no cold war between her principal and the Governor.

She said, “It is a blatant lie, as I give you this response, both of them are attending the retirement programme of the Head of Service.”

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