By Olabode Abolaji
The Minority Leader of the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon Safiriyu Akinwale Akinwole has alleged that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has incapacitated the state lawmakers from discharging their official duties.
This he said is evident in the failure of the state governor to provide lawmakers with their official vehicles, constituency allowances, as well as the inability of the governor to akin to the yearnings of people especially pensioners.
Akinwole was speaking on Oro Oselu, a politicial programme on a private radio station, Rave fm in Osogbo on Monday.
According to the lawmaker who represents Ife Central State constituency, members of the state assembly have been unable to deliver on their campaign promises to their constituents since their election in 2015 which has forced them to neglect official duties for a while.
His words “Government does not undescore our relevance. Their ways are not in conformity with the dictates of our people. The present administration are like colonialists ruling us like our colonial masters. For example, we have been promised cars for the past 2 years but we are yet to get them till now, we also do not have constituency allowances to develop our constituency.”
“As a legislator, I cannot be with my people without them asking me what have I facilitated to the constituency for over 2 years that I have been elected. There is nothing that we get from the government to ensure our job is done very well. The way Aregbesola’s APC is handling Osun is far from what the people want.”
Akinwole, a member of the PDP noted “There are some things that have gone in government without going through the House of Assembly. We are not independent enough. The House of Assembly should be independent. If we do not prostrate before the Governor, we may not even get our salaries or allowances.”
He said although the Speaker of the Assembly, Najeem Salaam is a leader, he is “hampered by some forces in his party which does not make him to go beyond his boundary.”
The Minority Leader of the Osun State House of Assembly, said efforts are on to rejuvenate the PDP in the state as political gladiators prepare for the 2018 governorship election.
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