Oyetola’s spokesperson accuses former Commissioner of lying on Osun ministerial nominees

The claims by Kolapo Alimi, a former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola failed to nominate his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola for a ministerial slot has been described as wicked and untrue.

Ismail Omipidan, the Chief Press Secretary to the Osun State Governor, made this known while reacting to the claim made by Alimi in a recent newspaper interview.

Alimi who was the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs during the administration of Rauf Aregbesola had alleged that the governor sent three names of nominees from the state without including that of Rauf Aregbesola who is now the current Minister of Interior.

Omipidan disclosed that at no time was the Osun governor contacted and asked to nominate any individual for a ministerial position two years back as was alleged.

According to the Osun governor’s spokesperson, “President Muhammadu Buhari appointed his ministers in line with his stance that if the State governors are at liberty to appoint their commissioners, he, too, should be at liberty to choose those who would work with him in the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

“If you all recall, it was public knowledge that President Buhari, said since he does not get involved in the appointment of commissioners in the various states, the governors would not dictate to him, who to appoint from their states.”

Describing Alimi’s statement as illogical and mischievous, Omipidan accused Alimi of trying to create issues in the Osun All Progressives Congress (APC) through deliberate spread of false claim and lies to cause unnecessary tension and acrimony where it never existed within the party in the state.

He called on the former minister to always cross-check his facts well and stop lying ‘shamelessly’ against the governor, adding that the reason for Alimi’s action is because he is out to smear the name of the governor and to create acrimony between him and former governor, Rauf Aregbesola.

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