The spokesperson for the Senate, Adedayo Adeyeye, has said his absence from the red chamber for some days denied him the opportunity of obtaining relevant information on the alleged employment racket crisis rocking the institution.
Some aggrieved lawmakers had threatened to resist the alleged sharing of job slots allocated to the Senate among the leadership of the red chamber.
A senator, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, had alleged that about 100 slots were sent to the Senate by the management of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs, Senator Danjuma La’ah, had also told journalists on Tuesday that his panel would unravel the alleged job scam.
Adeyeye, however, promised to liaise with La’ah to get an update on the investigation being carried out by his committee.
He said, “I am supposed to give you facts but honestly, I am just hearing about this matter. I will need to investigate, make appropriate contact with the committee, get the gist of their investigation and also meet with the leadership of the Senate. Until then, I can’t say anything about it. I don’t want to tell you what is not correct.”
Asked further if he was trying to shield his colleagues who were fingered, Adeyeye insisted that he was not aware of any deal with the federal agencies.
He said, “It is not correct. I told you I haven’t been in Abuja; I haven’t been around for some time. In fact, I wanted the media to be briefed on Tuesday, I tried to get the committee members to do the briefing on my behalf.
“I haven’t been around. I have been so busy that I didn’t have the time to even check my e-mail at all. That’s the truth. So, you don’t expect me to come here and give you incorrect information. That’s the truth. I need to conduct my own investigation, find out and brief you on it later.”