The Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has described the arrest of Abidemi Rufai, a Senior Special Assistant to the governor, as disturbing news, and ordered the immediate suspension of Rufai.
Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, ordered the immediate suspension of Rufai, who is his close ally, in view of the gravity of the allegations.
The statement read, “The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has received the very disturbing news of the arrest of one of his political appointees, Mr Abidemi Rufai, in New York over alleged unemployment benefits fraud in the United States.
“In view of the gravity of these allegations, the governor has ordered the immediate suspension of the accused appointee. We will not condone any act bordering on criminality by anyone.”
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State has described Rufai’s arrest as an embarrassment.
The Chairman of the PDP in the state, Sikitullah Ogundele, said this on Tuesday.
He said the arrest of Rufai showed that people of questionable characters were in the political system.
Ogundele stated, “People of questionable character should be kept away from our system. It is unfortunate that the governor of Ogun State has chosen somebody of questionable character and it is an embarrassment to the entire state.
“It is not the fault of the person that appointed him, but personalities must be well vetted before they are given appointments.”