Another Aide of Senate President Resigns

Less than a week after the appointment of the Special Adviser, Media, to the senate president, Dr. Festus Adebayo, was withdrawn, another aide, Olu Onemola, has resigned.

He was the Special Assistant on New Media.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa, confirmed the development on Sunday.

The resignation, according to the statement is contained in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate.

Onemola is one of the aides who served the former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki but re-appointed by Lawan.

Isa said Onemola commended the President of the Senate for the offer to continue to serve and promote the work of the 9th Senate, “which I’m sure is borne out your (Lawan’s) patriotic desire to serve the Nigerian people.”

The statement further read, “However, at this time, given my antecedents and the controversy this has generated, I would respectfully like to be excused from taking up this national assignment.“It is my hope that whoever does fill this role will build upon what we have started in terms of opening up the activities of the Nigerian Senate to the public”, Onemola was quoted to have stated.

The President of the Senate, the statement added, has since approved the resignation and wished Onemola all the best in his future endeavours.

Lawan had on Wednesday, appointed five former aides of his predecessor, Senator Bukola Saraki.

The appointments were contained in a letter to the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, with reference number, NASS/9u./s/SP/APP/A/01 and dated 19th June, 2019

The letter signed by Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate, Babagana Muhammad Aji, named Dr. Betty Okoroh as Special Assistant on Administration and Mohammed Isa as his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

Others are, Special Assistant on New Media, Onemola; Senior Legislative Aide on Publicity (Photographer), Tope Brown Olowoyeye; and, Senior Legislative Aide on Schedules and Events, Ogechukwu Nwankwoh.

The letter had directed the Clerk to issue their letters of appointment accordingly.

The appointments led to an outcry from the sympathisers of the All Progressives Congress government who argued that the appointees did not deserve such opportunities.

In the process, Mr. Festus Adedayo, who was earlier appointed by Lawan as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, resigned his appointment under controversial circumstances.

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