Ondo State Ambassadorial Nominee Demands Apology From Dss

| March 31, 2017

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One of the ambassadorial nominees rejected by the Senate, Dr. Jacob Igbekele Daudu, on Thursday, faulted a purported report by the Department of State Services describing him as deceitful and corrupt.

The report was said to be the basis for rejecting the nominee, who is from Ondo State.

Daudu, who spoke in Abuja, in company with his lawyer, Mr Babs Akinwumi, said he had not personally seen the said report, but learnt of it when the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs quoted from the report.

The report was said to have described him as deceitful and corrupt while serving as the Chairman of the Ondo State Agency for Road Maintenance and Construction.

He condemned what he described as an attempt to cast him in bad light.

He noted that the DSS had previously screened him on many occasions, including when he was appointed a Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor in 2009, and as the chairman of OSARMCO in 2010.

Daudu said he was also screened and cleared by the DSS before he became a Commissioner in Ondo State in 2012 and when he left public office in 2013.

He wondered why the DSS suddenly issued a damaging report against his person without hearing from him.

The former commissioner also said he presented himself to the DSS for screening for the ambassadorial nomination in February 2017 without the officials of the agency raising any issue, wondering why it would suddenly issue a damaging report against his person without hearing from him.

He said, although he was surprised at the sudden turn of events, he suspected that his rejection and the last-minute withdrawal of support by the senators from his state were informed by a January 16, 2017 letter by his state’s governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, objecting his nomination.

He said, “I am still surprised at how the DSS later arrived at their conclusion. There is no fact to this.

“There is no basis for which I should be pronounced as corrupt and deceitful, particularly when nobody complained about my conduct. No petition against me, no court case against me and no court pronouncement to that effect.

“I have my reservation as to why the Ondo State governor wrote a letter of protest against my nomination in favour of another All Progressives Congress member from the southern senatorial district where all the federal appointments came from.”

 



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