From: Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan
The Oyo State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, ordered the arrest and detention of unscreened and disqualified persons parading themselves as caretaker chairmen in the state.
Speaker of the house, Rt. Hon. Michael Adeyemo, gave the order following a matter of process as contained in Order 5, moved by Hon. Gbenga Oyekola, of Atiba State Constituency on three disqualified Local Government caretaker chairmen nominees by the House, who were sworn in by the Executive last Friday.
It would be recalled that of 57 local government caretaker chairmen nominees screened, last week by the House, two were disqualified.
But some members of the House alleged that the Executive arm had defied the decision of the Assembly by swearing those disqualified candidates, Taiwo Adeleke from Asabari and Mudashiru Agbaje from Irepo local government councils, respectively.
The House also dissatisfied with the Executive decision of removing one Wasiu Aransi who was screened by the House to replace, Abiodun Oladeji from Lagelu West LCDA.
During the matter of process, Hon. Oyekola said it was very disheartening and disrespectful that after the house has agreed that two out the 57 nominees are disqualified, the executive went ahead to sworn in the disqualified persons.
Also, Hon. Olusegun Olaleye from Ibadan North 2 State constituency said what the executive did is a breach of right of the house saying as the leader of the house, the speaker must look critically into the matter and take right decision.
Reacting to the issue, the Speaker said the issue has come to his knowledge saying he felt to invite the Secretary to the State Government and other people concerned until they can do anything.
He said: “We must hear from the other side if we must go by our principle of justice”.
Reacting to allegation by Hon. Bimbo Olawunmi Oladeji from Ogbomosho North State Constituency that the speaker was at the venue of the inauguration of the caretaker Chairmen alleging therefore that he is supporting the decision of the executive, Hon. Adeyemo said: “I came late to the venue of the inauguration but I called their attention to the anomaly but there’s nothing I can do than to follow due process.
“Therefore, I’m not supporting the decision of the executive. When the invited persons come here, they will tell you the role I played that I opposed the decision. Let’s suspend our quarrel on this issue until we get clarification. We can not be talking in vacuum here but to the party wrong in this issue”, the Speaker said.
The house therefore directed the committee on Privilege and ethics chaired by Hon. Muideen Olagunju to investigate the anomaly within two weeks and report back to the house.