– Laolu Akande, the spokesperson of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, faults reports alleging that the presidency sacked some aides
Akande also apologises to a photo journalist, Abayomi Adeshida, is rough handled by a security official at the presidential villa
– The aide expressed regrets over the embarrassment the incident caused the journalist
Laolu Akande, the spokesman of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, has called on the public to ignore a list circulating in the media alleging that some presidential aides have been sacked.
A news report had surfaced on Wednesday, November 6, claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari sacked 35 aides working in the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
The said report listed Jibola Ajayi, daughter of Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of Oyo state and Babajide, grandson of Obafemi Awolowo, and others as those affected by the decision.
But Akande in a tweet on Thursday, 7 November, discredited the said report.
“…A list circulating in the media on d so-called sacked presidential aides is not genuine and ought to be ignored,” he tweeted.
Laolu Akande also apologised to a photo journalist Abayomi Adeshida who was rough handled by security officials at the presidential villa on Thursday, November 7, where the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), chaired by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, organised a summit.
In a tweet, Akande expressed regrets over the embarrassment the incident caused, disclosing that he had reached out to the journalist involved.
“The needless scuffle btw a villa accredited photographer, Mr. Adeshida & one of our security aides earlier today has since been resolved. Incident is regretted & I have apologized to him for any embarrassment caused…” he said.
Meanwhile, amidst the lingering speculations that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been sidelined by President Muhammadu Buhari in some vital decision of governance, the national youth leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Olorogun Vincent Oyibode, has berated the president for travelling abroad without handing over to his deputy.
Vanguard reports that he said it was clearly unconstitutional for President Buhari to proceed on vacation without the vice president taking over as acting president.
Legit.ng gathered that Oyibode noted that the law is clear on who takes over when the president is out of the country irrespective of the number of days spent over there.
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