By The Nation
A former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Mr Ebenezer Alabi has rejected his recent appointment as one of the Senior Special Assistants (SSA) to Governor Oludegun Mimiko.
There are three new SSAs including Alabi, Otito Atikase and Kunle Agunbiade.
Alabi steered the ship of the PDP in the state until the uproar that greeted the defection of Mimiko from Labour Party (LP) to PDP.
He sacrificed his position for the consolidation of members of both the old and new PDP in the state.
Alabi handed the mantle of leadership to a close associate of the governor, Clement Faboyede, last year.
Mimiko had during the week announced 42 appointments out of which only seven members of the Old PDP were considered.
Political observers in the state believed that the appointment belittled Alabi’s status as a former chairman of PDP in the state.
But Alabi, who was a one-time chairman of Ifedore local government council in a letter he personally signed and dated October 7, 2015, appreciated Mimiko for counting him worthy of the appointment which he said he could not accept due to some personal exigencies.
Part of the letter reads; “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. Which 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.”