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Ambode becoming a dictator?

Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Lagos State

By Toye Faleye

If the news making the rounds is to be believed, Governor Ambode of Lagos State may be gradually wearing the face of a dictator. This is not unconnected with his posture of late which seems to show he knows it all, on the strength that he was a civil servant for many years, having passed through several offices in the state.

One reliable source says he is running a-one-man show as if he has the monopoly of knowledge. The source says he does not allow his commissioners and heads of parastatals to handle contract and other sensitive matters.

According to the source, even the civil servants who thought that they would fare better under his government are disillusioned, adding, “Even when he is travelling abroad, he goes with the files glued to his side, or keeps them in his office. No commissioner is allowed to award contracts, as they groan under his administration.”

Meanwhile, Ambode’s behaviour may have been prompted by his resolve to rid the state of corrupt civil servants and commissioners who think it will be business as usual. Inside sources say he is determined to block all avenues where politicians and civil servants cheat the state.

But the alleged dictatorial tendency has led many commissioners to take their exit of the regime, leaving many others to warm up. It could be recalled that Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Ganiu Johnson, resigned. Last year, Ambode reshuffled his cabinet, showing Commissioner for Tourism, Folorunsho Folarin Coker, Commissioner for Finance, Mustapha Akinkunmi, and Commissioner for Transportation, Ekundayo Mobereola the way.

A call to the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ambode, Mr. Habeeb Haruna, for his reaction to the allegation hit a brick wall, so also he declined to react to series of text messages sent to him.
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