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Ekiti Assembly refuses to clear 2 commissioner nominees *As nominee cries, begs for clearance

By Gbenga Ariyibi

ADO-EKITI – For the  second time running, members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly were unable to clear  the  two  commissioner nominees, Mr Abiodun Bamiteko and Dr David Ajayi, even as one of the commissioner  nominee was said to have burst into tears begging the lawmakers  for his clearance.

The state governor, Engr Segun Oni had last week sworn in the  remaining four commissioners and 16 Special Advisers earlier cleared by the lawmakers, while the duo of Bamiteko and Ajayi were asked to come back to the House to “answer certain questions relating to their persons.’’

Vanguard gathered that the two nominees were at the   House yesterday where they were drilled for about four hours

Bamiteko who served as the Commissioner for Local Government in the first two years of Engr Oni was said to have had problem over the change of names in his O’ level results

Before the change of name, his names bore Gabriel  Abiodun Bamiteko, and he was said to have later changed to Onagbemi Abiodun Bamiteko and he was said to have  claimed to follow it up with a sworn affidavit and published in the then Daily Sketch.

Since the Daily Sketch  is now rested, he was advised to go to the archives of  the National Library to produce a copy, as a proof of the change of name.

While Dr Ajayi’s ordeal was linked to a petition written against him by some people in his community.

Assembly source told Vanguard that when it was apparent that the House was not going to clear them for the second time, Dr Ajayi was said to have burst into tears and begged the lawmakers to have a second thought over his problem.

Reacting to the delay in the screening of the two commissioner nominees, the chairman of the House Committee on Information and Publicity, Mr Adebayo Morakinyo said the House has not completed the screening of the two nominees.

Morakinyo said the House was taking its time to investigate the allegations leveled against the two nominees, saying it does not really matter the duration  of the time the investigation would last.


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