- Governor Sanwo-Olu has not made any cabinet appointment, Tayo Akinmade Ayinde has said
- According to the chairman, inauguration committee of Sanwo-Olu, report that he has been appointed as the chief of staff by the Lagos governor was fake
- Ayinde said the only official assignment undertaken so far by Sanwo-Olu was taking of the oath of office and inspection of the Guard of Honour
Tayo Akinmade Ayinde, chairman, inauguration committee of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has denied news going round that he has been appointed as the chief of staff to the new governor of Lagos state.
Ayinde disclosed this in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, May 30. According to him, Sanwo-Olu has not made any cabinet appointment.
"My attention has been drawn to a news item circulating in some quarters of the media, especially digital media, where it’s reported that I have been appointed as the chief of staff by the Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu," he said.
He said his first reaction was to ignore the news and treat it like other fake news that usually dies a natural death. "But upon further reflection, I decided that there is need to set the record straight."
Going further, he added: "Let me state emphatically that His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has not made any cabinet appointment. The only official assignment undertaken so far by him was taking of the oath of office and inspection of the Guard of Honour.
"Therefore, the news flying around is a lie and can only be described as beer parlour journalism.
"For the avoidance of doubt, I served as the director general of the independent campaign group and later as chairman of the inauguration committee, which remains my last assignment to date."
Sanwo-Olu was reported to have made his first appointment with the announcement of Tayo Ayinde as the new chief of staff.
According to report, Sanwo-Olu made this appointment following the official handing over of the government to him by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in a private ceremony on Tuesday, May 28.
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