Ahmed Lawan, the Nigeria’s Senate president has accepted Olu Onemola’s rejection of his appointment as special assistant on new media.
A statement by the special assistant to the Senate president on media and publicity, Mohammed Isa, made this known on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Abuja.
The resignation, according to the statement, is contained in a letter addressed to the Senate President.
Onemola who served in the same capacity under ex-Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in a letter of resignation thanked Lawan for the offer to continue to serve and promote the work of the 9th Senate.
“I’m sure my appointment is borne out of your patriotic desire to serve the Nigerian people,” Onemalo wrote.
“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,” he added.
The Senate President, the statement added, has since approved the resignation and wished Onemola “all the best in his future endeavors”.
The Uproar from APC Loyalists
Nigerians loyal to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) criticised Mr Lawan for making such appointment outside the circle of party loyalists.
A similar controversy had last week led to the decision of rescinding the appointment of Festus Adedayo as the Senate President’s spokesperson.
Mr. Onemola predicated his decision to withdraw on the ‘controversy’ the appointment has generated.