Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun on Tueaday berated his Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr Kehinde Oluwadare, for his alleged attack on Chief Olusegun Osoba, an ex-governor of the state.
Abiodun apologised to Osoba for Oluwadare’s comments he described as careless and uncomplimentary.
The commissioner was quoted to have described Osoba and some past leaders as failed leaders.
Our correspondent learnt that Oluwadare was advised to excuse himself from Tuesday’s executive meeting.
Oluwadare reportedly said when some party leaders in the state paid him a visit, “In 1999, Bola Ahmed Tinubu (the All Progressives Congress National Leader) came on board with the likes of (Vice-President Yemi) Osinbajo, (Ekiti State Governor) Kayode Fayemi, (Babatunde) Fashola and Rauf Aregbesola, (Olorunnimbe) Mamora, Muiz Banire, Tokunbo (Afikuyomi) and, Musiliu Obanikoro) Koro, you know all these people. And till today, all these people are doing well in their respective fields.”
He added, “And we should all know that a leader without a successor is a failure… I will say the only person I can see with Osoba is Segun Adesegun. Aside from Segun Adesegun, no other person.”
The report was widely circulated on social media, forcing Abiodun to order a rejoinder to dissociate himself from his commissioner’s comments.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, the governor denied knowledge of the commissioner’s action.
The statement read “The comments were never a true reflection of the disposition of both the governor and indeed the government and the high esteem that Chief Olusegun Osoba is held.
“There is no doubt that Chief Olusegun Osoba’s repute is timeless and transcends Ogun State and indeed many spheres he has stamped his authority for him to be the subject of such a careless remark.
“For emphasis, Prince Dapo Abiodun totally disssociates himself and his administration from the unsavoury comments of the commissioner and reassures all that this unfortunate incident will not in any way detract from the very cordial relationship between Baba and himself.”