By Mumini AbdulKareem
The Senator representing Kwara Central at the National Assembly, Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe was a subject of hot debate last night, from many social media commentators in the state following an online letter confirming the appointment of his daughter, Hafsat O. Ibrahim as a legislative aide.
Oloriegbe, had earlier denied appointing his daughter and nephew as aides in an exclusive telephone chat with National Pilot following the accusation.
The letter which was allegedly signed by Oloriegbe and addressed to the Office of the Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission, Plot 664 TOS Benison Crescent, Off Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Way, Utako district Abuja titled Letter of Invitation:
“I hereby nominated the enlisted people as my aides with their names and positions, the letter added.
Apart from Hafsat, others whose name allegedly appeared on the list of the nominees were Tajudeen Arowolo as Senior Legislative Aide, Ahmed Gomih Legislative Aide Assistant, Yusuf Atolagbe, Personal Assistant and Adebisi Samuel as Secretary.
Oloriegbe had said: “I have not made appointment of any aide and NASS is yet to ask us to appoint anybody. As a senator who is not a principal officer, I am not entitled to appoint Chief of Staff whether officially or unofficially. Only the Senate President can do that. I have not appointed anybody and there is no appointment letter to that effect. No House of Reps or senator has done that, you can find out from the national assembly.
“We have not settled down so how will we appoint aides. My daughter is a lawyer and she has her Masters in law with certificate in arbitration with business of her own. I can send her errand and asked her to compile things for me and maybe those who saw that are the ones insinuating but she has not been appointed anything.
“In her right, she is an Ilorin person, married to an Ilorin in Alanamu and she has the right and requisite qualification to be anything. But I have not appointed her. Why should people insulate what is not there”, he added.