Olu Onemola has rejected his appointment as special assistant to Senate President Ahmed Lawan on new media.
Naija News reports that Onemola held the same position under the immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
In a statement on Sunday, Onemola stated that he would want to be excused from taking up this national assignment.
He said: “As an individual who prides myself in always setting a high standard and significant precedents I feel honoured to have been asked to fill this vital role in the service of our great country.
“I thank you sir, for the offer to continue on to serve and promote the work of the 9th Senate of the Federal Republic which I am sure is home out of your patriotic desire to serve the Nigerian people.
“However, at this time, given my personal antecedents, and the controversy that this has generated, I would respectfully like to be excused from taking up this national assignment.
“It is my hope that whoever does fill this role, builds upon what we have started in terms of opening up the activities of the Nigerian Senate to the public.
“I will be ready and available in whatever way to give my recommendations if and when requested as the new team begins its work.
“I have communicated my decision to the Chief of Staff, Babagana Muhammad Aji, and I wish the new team all the best as they work to meet the demands of the Nigerian people.”
Naija News reports that this is coming after Lawan recently withdrew the appointment of Dr Festus Adedayo as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, bowing to pressure from some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Senate President appointed Adedayo as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity on Tuesday, June 18.
Moments after the appointment was announced, some APC members took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to demand his sack on the ground that he campaigned and also wrote articles against President Buhari while being an aide to Bukola Saraki.