Ogun Commissionership Tussle, An Affront To My Person - Ashiru Faults Prestige Newspaper - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Ogun Commissionership Tussle, An Affront To My Person - Ashiru Faults Prestige Newspaper

Otunba Bimbo Ashiru
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - A former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Ogun State, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru has distanced himself from the ongoing agitation in some quarters over his omission from the Commissioner nominees released by Governor Dapo Abiodun. 

THE ENCOUNTER NEWS reports that, Governor Abiodun had on Wednesday sent 18 nominees to the Ogun State House of Assembly for screening and possible confirmation. 

Ashiru while reacting to Prestige, an Abeokuta-based community newspaper report, at the weekend, said it was an affront to have been named among those jostling for commissioner in the gateway State. 

The two-term commissioner in the state who spoke through his media assistant, Adedapo David described the online edition of the newspaper report as "watery and lazy media guess".

He equally noted that, at no point did he lobby to secure the seat of the Secretary to the State Government, having served creditably well in the last administration for 8 years as the longest serving Commissioner in his then ministry, with laudable and unprecedented achievements in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. 

The statement reads in part; "My attention has just been drawn to an online publication titled "Ogun Guns who failed to make Dapo Abiodun's Cabinet list".

"It is an affront to the person of Otunba Bimbo Ashiru to have been named amongst those who jostled to become Commissioners in the gateway state, having served creditably well in the last administration for 8 years as the longest serving Commissioner in his then ministry, with laudable and unprecedented achievements in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. 

"It must also be reiterated that at no point did Otunba Bimbo Ashiru lobby to secure the seat of the Secretary to the State Government as contained in the watery and lazy media guess.

"As an Aspirant for the Gubernatorial seat in the All Progressive Congress Party, Otunba Ashiru Bimbo has only remained a staunch stakeholder of the Party whose hand is full with the responsibilities of his second address. Succinctly, one can ask: Is Ashiru the only one in the State; when there are other able and competent hands (as well) who should be given the opportunity to serve? 

"Hence, I admonish that a thorough investigative freelance journalism should be the bedrock of any online media rather than a beer parlour guess work as contained in the release."

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