The recent appointment of Ebenezer Alabi by the Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has been described by political observers in the state as belittling to Alabi’s status as a former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
Governor Mimiko appointed Alabi among others as senior special assistant to his office.
According to The Nation report, the former PDP chairman in a letter which he personally signed and dated October 7, 2015, appreciated Mimiko for counting him worthy of the appointment saying that he could not accept it due to some personal exigencies.
Alabi said in parts of the letter: “Regrettably sir, I will not be able to take up the appointment as I have set in motion businesses plan that now demand my attention. Pending the time the set-up stage will be scaled and surmounted, my presence must be sufficient in the day-to-day running of the business. For the above reason, I humbly plead you allow me turn down the offer.
“I am also working on my professional practice which will commence soon. In a few months’ time, the office will be opened for business. This means, in a few months to come, I shall have two businesses that will be competing simultaneously for my attention.
“Your excellency, let me assure you of my loyalty and that I shall continue to do my best for the PDP as one of its leaders in the state, thanking you for the honour and sincerely look forward to working with you sometimes very soon.”
However, a chieftain of the former ruling party in the state, Biyi Poroye eulogised Alabi for taking such decision and courage stressing that it would save him of his political career and benefit him in the nearest future.
Poroye lambasted the governor adding that the appointment of Alabi as SSA to the governor was an embarrassment as it betrayed the agreement the governor had with the old PDP during his defection to the party in Abuja last year.
He said: “I want to applaud Alabi for taking such decision and courage to turn down the offer. The appointment was a complete embarrassment. It betrayed the agreement we had with the governor during his struggle to take over the leadership of the party in the state.
“Alabi as a symbol of the party deserves a better appointment under Mimiko’s government. I will advise the governor to address this injustice in other to save him and the party from further embarrassment.”
Governor Mimiko made three new SSA including Alabi, Otito Atikase and Kunle Agunbiade. He had during the week announced 42 appointments out of which only seven members of the Old PDP were considered.