A former self-acclaimed speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dele Olugbemi, on Wednesday refused to turn up for screening after he was nominated as a member of the House of Assembly Service Commission by Governor Ayo Fayose.
Mr. Olugbemi presided over a seven-member house that purportedly impeached the then speaker of the 4th Assembly, Adewale Omirin, during Mr. Fayose’s battle for survival just before the expiration of the house’s term.
However, four other nominees, namely: a former Speaker of the house, Olatunji Odeyemi, as Chairman; Bode Adewole, Lanre Fajuyi and Muyiwa Fadahunsi, attended the screening.
The speaker of the assembly, Kola Oluwawole, while commenting on the absence of Mr. Olugbemi, said there was no law preventing the nominee from rejecting appointment.
“If you offer somebody appointment and he says no, there will be a replacement because there are so many people yearning for this opportunity,” he said.
“People who are very intelligent and qualified are looking for this opportunity and government will ensure that another replacement is made.”
Mr. Oluwawole said the house stood down the screening in order to allow it make adjustment since the commission must comprise of people representing all the segments of Ekiti Stste.
“If I make you an offer and you say no, you cannot be compelled to serve in a particular agency or commission, it is a matter of choice,” he added.
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