HSP requested the Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday to rethink and endorse the names of the commissioner-nominees sent to them by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Assembly had rejected 17 commissioner nominees and affirmed 22.
Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Prof. Akin Abayomi, Mr Yomi Oluyomi, Mrs. Folashade Ambrose, Ms Barakat Bakare, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, Engr. Olalere Odusote, Dr Rotimi Fashola, Mrs. Bolaji Dada, Mr Sam Egube, Mr Olalekan Fatodu, Mrs.
In its reaction, the HSP voiced concern that the bulk of those dropped are capable hands who helped the governor perform during his first time in office, stressing that they must have been tested and trusted.
Mr Linus Okoroji, convener of the organisation, stated in a statement that the governor is “in the best position to know who has satisfied him in his first term among those he wants to return.”
He warned, though, that any attempt to persuade the governor to reverse his mind would be “arm-twisting that may not augur well for the polity.”
Okoroji further encouraged the governor to represent the names to the Assembly in the state’s best interests.
“We want to remind the House of the importance of the governor’s promised better second term,” he stated. For him to fulfil his promise as a man who always walks his talk, all hands must be on deck. We urge parliamentarians to work hard to maintain and strengthen the executive/legislative synergy for the benefit of the people.
“We, therefore, warn that if the necessary steps are not taken to the satisfaction of the group and the generality of the state’s good people, a massive peaceful protest cannot be ruled out, because we will not fold our arms and allow anyone to play politics with the fate of the people.”