The Minority Leader of the State of Osun House of Assembly has accused the Governor of the State, Adegboyega Oyetola, of not granting access to opposition members in the State Parliament.
He said as a principal officer of the Assembly, he, and other PDP lawmakers have been blocked on various occasions from meeting the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, including at the official event. “I will share an experience, so ugly, that you’ll question if this is really democracy. It was the day when Governor Gboyega Oyetola signed the 2021 appropriation bill into law. After the usual ceremony and Governor Oyetola was done putting his signature, there was need for Principal Officers in the House to meet the Governor and talk.
“As the opposition leader and a Principal Officer, I moved forward to join others but I was turned back and to my consternation, the reason given to me was that only Principal Officers who are from the APC are allowed. It was so unbelievable but it actually happened and no one can defend that in a democracy– there is a reason why the Minority Leader position was crested by the crafter of the constitution.
“But the whole essence is being eroded by a party in government who had been an opposition party itself and unfortunately under the nose of a Man who was minority leader himself. This is to say the least barbaric and gives out Speaker Owoeye as a nepotistic leader”.
He continued that the Lawmakers are yet to meet with the Governor since they assumed offices.
“If I tell you that we are yet to meet Governor Oyetola as it should be in a normal democratic environment despite that we have repeatedly asked the Speaker to facilitate it, won’t you be surprised? That should tell you how things have been in the last 18 months. We are supposed to be the closest to the grassroots and as such we have access to the plight of the ordinary citizens which in turn must be brought to the attention of the government and Mr Governor. The question is do we have the access? If they block access to Honourables, you must understand that the masses have been cut off their rule”.
Kofoworola, who is representing Ede-North State Constituency at the Assembly had in a statement made available to journalists in Osogbo on Tuesday alleged that a bill he submitted on the state of roads in his constituency was deliberately frustrated by the speaker.
“Last year, I toured my Constituency and noticed the deplorable condition of roads, and as their representative, I came up with a motion to draw attention and possibly, get government to fix them. But do you know what happened? The motion is there and up till now that I speak to you, I have not been allowed to raise it on the floor of the House. I called, text and did everything to persuade the Speaker to get the motion raised, but none has yielded and I don’t seem to understand why. As I noted earlier, I am here because my constituents said so and voted for me, and the essence of sending me here, just like my other colleagues, is to get them their fair share of what government has to offer. But the Speaker is saying otherwise that we can not have a say in how we are being governed. I leave the people to judge and most importantly I am speaking out because of posterity sake having endured for near 2 years to see if there will be changes but all to no avail”.
He added that “Aside the motion that I have not been able to move, it will interest you to know that I submitted a Bill, and for like four months now, it is yet to be mentioned, let alone taken through legislative process. Why we’re getting such treatment is what we don’t understand. And this does not happen to the favourite Lawmakers under the APC nomenclature in the House”.
However, the Speaker, Hon. Timothy Owoeye described the allegations as laughable saying the minority leader has a lot to learn as a newcomer to the assembly.
The speaker in a statement by his media aide, Kunle Alabi said all the lawmakers have met with the Governor on various occasions without exemption, adding that after the signing of the budget every principal officer went their separate ways.
“On the issue of budget signing, all the principal officers of the Assembly present graced the occasion without let or hindrance, after the ceremony, everyone departed to their various personal destinations.
“For every private member-sponsored bill, it is the tradition of the House to send such bill to the Legal/bill drafting department in the Assembly to collaborate with the state ministry of Justice to ensure that we are not duplicating laws. The Legal/bill drafting department and the ministry will have to satisfy it for it to go through the normal process on the floor of the Assembly.
“One wonders if the Minority leader is abreast of happenings in his home town or probably playing politics with the issue of road. It is in the news when Governor Oyetola inaugurated 20km Ejigbo-Ara-Ojo-Ede road; 2.1km Ede township roads.
“Assuming without conceding that the Minority leader asked that the PDP members be taken to the governor by the Speaker, is this not laughable when ordinary citizens have been approaching the governor? Do they need the permission of the Speaker as citizens and stakeholders in the state to see the governor?
“It should be put on record that the House as a whole had met with the governor on different occasions with the opposition members in attendance.
“The Minority leader as a first-timer is still learning and will soon understand to the fullest the procedures of law-making, the 7th Assembly under the watch of Owoeye will be more committed to training and retraining in the new year for efficiency and proper understanding of legislative processes,” he said