Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has denied abandoning the former factional Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dele Olugbemi.
The ex-Speaker had turned down the governor’s appointment as member of the state House of Assembly Commission based on “principle.”
Olugbemi in rejecting the appointment said the governor did not consult him before announcing the appointment despite the fact that he is a member of the appointment committee.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, Fayose said it is not true that he has dumped Olugbemi. .
He stated that the former Speaker earns the same salary and entitlements like other commissioners.
“Tunji Odeyemi, who is the commission’s chairman, was the speaker during the time of Segun Oni and also acting governor of the state. Is Olugbemi asking that he should be placed above Odeyemi?
“I don’t know of any other way the governor can treat him. Mind you, if you have assisted anybody in life, it is God who used you, much as God can decide to use somebody else if you declined. In everything, we should give glory to God.”
Fayose also said he had embarked on capital projects in the state, apart from paying workers salaries, despite the shortfall in federal allocations.
He said this in reaction to the allegation that he was paying only salaries with allocations that accrued to the state, while allegedly neglecting physical development of the state.