Former PDP candidate for governor of Ogun State, Segun Sowunmi, has expressed his dissatisfaction with how ministerial seats have been distributed in President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet. In an interview with Arise TV news, Sowunmi said that only five ministerial appointments had been made across the entire South East area, as opposed to Ogun State’s three appointments. Sowunmi emphasised that the cabinet could have only had a maximum of 37 members if the federal character principle had been followed. CONTINUE READING>>>>>
According to Sowunmi, the principle of federal character stipulates that each state should have a representation of at least one minister in the cabinet. Under this guideline, a total of 37 ministers would be expected. However, he pointed out that the President’s decision to appoint 48 ministers raises questions about the adherence to this principle. Moreover, Sowunmi highlighted that the imbalance becomes even more apparent when comparing the number of ministerial appointments different regions have received.
Sowunmi illustrated this with a striking example from his home state of Ogun. He pointed out that while Ogun State, where he resides, has secured three ministerial roles, the entire South East region has only been granted five positions. This discrepancy challenges the notion of equitable distribution, as it suggests that if the federal character principle were not in place, the South East might not have received any ministerial representation at all.
Sowunmi’s remarks shed light on his concerns about the fairness and adherence to the federal character principle in the distribution of ministerial appointments within President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet. CONTINUE READING>>>>>