…Says Assembly is Aregbesola’s rubber stamp
Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
A human rights activist and Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman has warned the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Folasayo Salaam to stop intimidating stakeholders, in the political development of the state over Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede’s petition.
Sulaiman who spoke on the recent statement credited to the speaker, who called the concerned citizens in the development of governance of the state as “impeachment hawkers”, cautioned the speaker from turning himself and the Assembly to solicitor of Governor Rauf Aregbesola who he said never denied all the impeachable offences raised in the Judge’s letter against him and his deputy.
He maintained that the development shows the level of rubber stamp of the fifth and sixth Assembly under Salaam speakership where Aregbesola committed the said impeachable offences, adding that “It is terrible that to speak the truth to Aregbesola by the members of the State House of Assembly has posited serious challenge to the acclaimed independent lawmakers”.
The rights activist restated his group (CHRSJ) position in support of Justice Oloyede’s petition letter, saying that Osun Assembly became Aregbesola’s rubber stamp with impunity, which made him to be spending the meager resources of the state recklessly without approval from the State Assembly in defiance of some sections of the amended 1999 Constitution.
He urged Salaam and other twenty-five members of the Assembly to retrace their steps on the independent role of the law making organ of the government, adding “how would Aregbesola award N8.4billion moribund Table of Knowledge (Opn-Imo) contract to his son, Kabiru and members of the House of Assembly would keep quiet as well as award many more invisible contracts to his cronies, thereby making our commonwealth to find way into the pocket of individuals from Lagos State which plunged the State into debtor State that could not pay its workforce for over six months now.
Sulaiman added that the recent passage of creation of new local government law by the Assembly raised the rubber stamp appellate of the state lawmakers who passed the bill into law when Aregbesola could not pay salaries of local government staff and primary and middle school teachers as at when due, as being paid directly from the federation account.