The Governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje has been lambasted for condemning the appointment of Hakeem Muri-Okunola as Head of Service, HoS of Lagos State.
The Convener of Ibile Progressive Youths, IPY, Bayo Plunter in a press statement issued on Friday said Agbaje’s outburst was unnecessary, uncharitable and diversionary.
The IPY comprises about 20 groups of young and dynamic professionals from the three senatorial districts in Lagos State.
Agbaje had faulted the appointment of Muri-Okunola as the new HOS in the state, saying the action sacrificed career progression and was ‘politics taken too far.’
It will be recalled that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday, swore-in Muri-Okunola as the 21st HoS in the state, in place of Mrs. Folashade Adesoye who retired in December 2018.
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At 46, Muri-Okunola is said to be the youngest ever HoS in the history of Lagos State.
Ibile Progressive Youth said, “While the appointment of Hakeem Muri-Okunola, a dynamic, qualified and hardworking young man has been roundly applauded by progressive minds, it is a bitter pill for Mr. Agbaje and his ilk to swallow.
“It is evident from Mr. Agbaje’s statement how desperately he wishes the wheel of progress in the Centre of Excellence be reversed.
“His statement smack of bile, divisiveness and incitement of our hard working civil servants to rebellion over a simple, constitutional executive action.”
“While IPY remains non-aligned, but keenly monitoring the activities and promises of the governorship candidates involved in the political contestation for Office of Governor of Lagos State, we are concerned about the direction of Mr. Agbaje’s campaigns.”
The IPY wondered why the likes of Agbaje, who it said claimed to be an indigene of Lagos State, would fault the appointment of Muri-Okunola, a true son of the soil and an indigene of the state, as HoS.
Plunter posited that the PDP shot itself on the leg by faulting the appointment of a relatively young man as the HoS of the state despite its “noise that it would give chance to young people in their governments both at the state and at the Federal levels if they win the 2019 elections.”
The IPY described the PDP and Agbaje as a sinking ship that is trying to get to the shore through any means.
The group also berated Agbaje for displaying “arrant ignorance” over the issues surrounding the appointment of Muri-Okunola as the new HoS of the state by Governor Ambode.
“By hierarchy, it was the turn of HMO to take over after Mrs. Adesoye retired in December, 2018 after years of meritorious service to the state government.
“The appointment of Hakeem Muri-Okunola was not about politics, he was the next person in rank after the exit of the two PS, who were ahead of him.