The Inside Story Behind Governor Ambode’s Cabinet Reshuffle
The cabinet reshuffle undertaken by Gov Akinwunmi Ambode on January 11, 2018 was dictated primarily by political considerations with an eye on the 2019 elections.
Bounce News gathered that the objective of the exercise was to put the state helmsman's second term ambition on a better footing, away from the accolades of performance.
The battle to ensure he retains the All Progressives Congress ticket is already on, as well as the fight to make sure he stays in place as governor of Lagos state after next year’s gubernatorial election.
Sources close to Bounce News said the choice of Kehinde Bamigbetan as the new Commissioner for Information was primarily to broaden the governor’s political base.
The same yardstick applied in the appointment of Idowu Ajanaku who was upgraded to the position of Special Adviser on Information and Strategy.
Bamigbetan, a former council chairman of Ejigbo Local Government Development Area (LCDA) is one of the political sons of the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu.
Bamigbetan, being a former Chief Press Sectary to Tinubu is believed to be the right man that could effectively manage information about Ambode’s candidature and his government at this critical period.
Before his elevation as a Commissioner, Bamigbetan was Ambode’s Senior Special Adviser on Communities and Communication.
In his new role, Bamgbetan would be in charge of regular government functions and deployment of routine communications about the government, and in some cases the governor.
Ajanaku, who was Ambode's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Strategy got elevated to the position of Information and Strategy to do the crunch work.
He would become visible as the subtle and outright bullish side of the arrangement.
The former Commissioner for Information, Steve Ayorinde was moved to the Tourism, Art and Culture Ministry.
Ayorinde, former Managing Director of Natioal Mirror newspapers, has been the string puller in the Ministry of Tourism since the exit of Folorunsho Coker, current Director General of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation from Lagos government.
Ayorinde's appointment is just a formality.
The Tourism & Culture Ministry, as positioned by Coker, is arguably the most strategic sector as regards image building and revenue stream in the state.
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