Ayobami Idris better known by his Twitter handle @dondekojo is the son of Oyo State’s Head of Service claim to have deceived his friend to believe there’s ghost worker slot.
Ayobami, whose mother, Mrs Amidat Agboola, was appointed in 2019, was criticised by social media user Sulaimon Adesola (Solar Unique) on Saturday 9th May after he promised to use his mum’s office to secure him a slot.
Sulaimon Adesola said Ayobami Idris promised to include his name in a list of “ghost workers” in Oyo State.
It is a fairly common practice in some states and the federal service for corrupt officials to use names of non-workers, widely known as ghost workers, to receive illegal pay monthly.
The allegations against Ayobami came up after he and his accuser disagreed online over the response of the Oyo government to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ayobami said his friend’s criticism against the Seyi Makinde administration was because he could not secure a “ghost worker” job under the government.
Sulaimon Adesola, however, said it was Mr Agboola who promised to use his mother’s influence to secure him a slot. He posted screenshots of their chats, compelling Mr Ayobami to admit.
Although Ayobami confessed having the conversation, he said he never assured his then friend of any slot. He said he was only ‘joking’ and that Mr Adesola’s aim was to blackmail his mother.
“I want to state categorically that I know nothing about any racketeering scheme, I only egged someone I assumed was a friend on because he was doing pro bono work and I admit I should have been clearer to him as he started pestering,” he wrote on Twitter.
Many Nigerians online criticised Ayobami for his conduct and called him hypocrites as he often insults Buhari and ex-Governor Ajimobi for being corrupt.
Ayobami’s father, Hosea Agboola, is a former Senate deputy chief whip, and was recently appointed chairman of Governor Seyi Makinde’s advisory committee.
WHY I PROMISED TO OFFER ‘GHOST WORK’ — AYOBAMI later told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview that he truly promised Mr Adesola a “ghost worker” slot to keep him in his “team”.
“He approached me and I held him on because he was working for me. He was doing a pro-bono job for me and I wanted to keep his hope alive which he was never going to get,” he said.
When asked about the nature of the pro-bono job, Ayobami said: “He worked on social media campaigns for me and I felt the best way to keep him happy is to promise him a job.”
Ayobami accused Adesola of being a “political jobber” who helped to campaign in the last Oyo State governorship election. He said he made him a promise because he did not want to lose the man to another political party.
Mr Adesola did not respond to this newspaper’s phone calls and a text message seeking comments.