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- “He didn’t promise to make his niece or anyone Medical Director” — Oloriegbe’s aide
The planned appointment of provost and medical director for the newly established Federal Neuro-Psychiatric hospital, Budo Egba is allegedly creating discontent within the family of Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe who facilitated the sighting of the institution in Kwara State.
INSIDER NG gathered from reliable family source that Senator Oloriegbe had, while working to facilitate the institution, promised to make one of his nieces, Dr. Tope Kuranga the Medical Director.
“Senator Oloriegbe, after promising to give Dr. Kuranga the headship of the hospital, suddenly stopped picking the woman’s calls and we later heard that he has nominated someone else for the position. The family is not happy about this, as we want him to honour the promise he made to Dr. Kuranga,” the source said.
The matter, according to the source, got to a head when the youths of the family decided to write to Senator Oloriegbe to express their grievances concerning the matter.
A member of the family, who pleaded anonymity detailed the events that transpired when Senator Oloriegbe visited the family house last Sunday.
According to him, “We (the youth of the Oloriegbe family) gave Senator the letter when he arrived the family house. But immediately he read it, he just flared up, asking why we needed to write him a letter when we knew he would still come to the family house. He tore the letter to the surprise of the the youths who felt insulted.”
Other members of the family who confided in our reporter disclosed that the family had resolved to maintain its position until the Senator listen and do their bidding.
Attempts to get the reaction of Senator Oloriegbe proved abortive as his known mobile number did not connect as at the time of filing this report.
However, one of his aides, Bolaji Aladie, who was reached for comment on the matter said there was no truth to the insinuations that his principal promised to give the headship of the new institution to anyone, clarifying that only President Muhammadu Buhari reserved the right to make the appointment.
“He (Senator Oloriegbe) didn’t promise to make his niece or anyone else the Medical Director. He has no power to give the position to anyone. There is no pressure of any kind from the family on him to influence the appointment in favour of anyone. There is mutual understanding between him and his family,” Aladie said.
He added, “Neither him nor any National Assembly member is in position to appoint anyone to head the institution. The power to do that lies with the president only.”
Meanwhile, it would be recalled that Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe had, at a time, battled allegation of nepotism when he appointed his biological daughter as one of his principal aides upon his election. INSIDER NG gathered that the latest decision by the Senator to not nominate or lobby for a member of his family to emerge as medical director of the new institution at Budo Egba was to avoid a repeat of his previous experience.