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Osun Speaker, Minority Leader In War Of Word Over Treatment Of Lawmakers



The speaker house of assembly in Osun state, Hon. Timothy owoeye and the minority leader of the house,Hon. Kofofoworola Adewunmi have engaged themselves in war of words over alleged maltreatment o PDP lawmakers in the state.

OAU VOICES had earlier reported how the minority leader of the house, Hon. Kofofoworola in an interview blasted the Osun state governor, Gboyega oyetola and the speaker of the house,Owoeye, accusing them of playing politics with the PDP lawmakers.

However, Owoeye while responding to the allegation through its chief press secretary, Kunle Alabi fires back that the minority leader is a first timer, still learning the rudiments of lawmaking.

Kunle in a statement made available to OAU VOICES read in part; ”It has come to the attention of the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, RT. Hon. Timothy Owoeye the allegations raised against his person by the Minority leader of the Assembly, Hon. Kofofoworola Adewunmi in an interview he granted an online Medium recently.

”We would have let it slide but it will not be appropriate to allow the misgivings to sink in the hearts of our good people of Osun irespective of our political affiliations.

Let me reiterate that the Speaker State of Osun House of Assembly, RT. Hon. Timothy Owoeye will always take the well being of his colleagues to heart, he has spelt it out at different fora that the House is State of Osun House of Assembly and not APC House of Assembly, Owoeye is committed to that statement.”

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 state ministry of Justice to ensure that we are not duplicating laws. The Legal/bill drafting department and the ministry will have to satify 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.”

OAU VOICES recalled that the Timi of Ede during the commissioning of the above mentioned road commended the Governor.

Timi in his statement;  “The entirety of Ede has sent me to thank you for this great favour that we have received from you, we wish you peace in your government, strength and good health….. once a government is performing and spreading the dividends of democracy, there is no point to contemplate changing such government.”

”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.”

No country of the world is exempted from recent economic downturn, our state is having her fair share of this too, the economic situation of the state demands that we should be patient with the system to first attend to the needs of the people of Osun and in due course our furniture allowance shall be paid. It should be on record that the state government had at no time withhold the entitlements of the lawmakers.”

Kunle added that the welfare of lawmakers in the state will continue to be the governor’s priority.

”We are in a democratic dispensation, so the Speaker will take all that was said in good stride but we must be fair at all times in our dealings.

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 this new year for efficiency and proper understanding of legislative processes.”he concluded

The minority leader however have also replied the speaker in a fresh statement made available to OAU VOICES.

The minority leader noted that it’s is wrong for Owoeye to resort to personal attack on him.

The statement reads; ”My attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye, in reaction to an interview I granted and was published by various media platforms on Tuesday January 12, 2022.

As much as I do not want to engage the Speaker in a media exchange, however, I believe I should make some clarifications for member of the public to have a clear understanding of the issues at play.”

”For the records, I stand by every words in the said interview, and believed that Mr Kunle Alabi, who issued the statement on behalf of the Speaker was misled or his boss deliberately choose to play to the gallery.”

”On the unfortunate incident that transpired at the budget signing ceremony, it is incorrect that Principal Officers departed to their various destination after the ceremony. There was indeed a meeting and as I wait to join other Principal Officers, I was bluntly turned away by the Majority Leader who claimed he was acting on the instruction of the Speaker that only those from the APC will be allowed access.”

”If the Speaker is saying it takes almost eternity to get a bill moved in a parliament, perhaps he can tell the public if the same process he mentioned applies to motion, because the legislation to call attention to the deplorable condition of roads in my constituency was indeed a motion and not a bill as being projected. Maybe a check on the Speaker’s phone for my several messages will suffice.”

”Notwithstanding the unfair treatment me and my colleagues have received from the Speaker, we still hold him in high esteem and I am surprised at how my interest in a fair and just House that collectively work for the purpose of the people and the State as a whole is now a reason to throw an unnecessary jibe at me.”

That I am a first-timer isn’t enough reason for the Speaker to turn the House into a partisan ground, or refuse to grant an opportunity for me and my colleagues to project the interests of constituents. As I have always say, we’re in the House because they elected us and no amount of cheap blackmail will deter us from speaking out.

”While it is true that the Office of the Governor is a public space and should be accessible for every citizens, however, as lawmakers who respects structural order, believes routing an audience with the Governor through the Speaker as the right thing. But to hear the Speaker hold the kind of view he did basically because we choose the right approach is so unfortunate.”

”Since the Speaker is in the mood for organising training, it will be better if he extend such training to himself especially on purging himself of favourism tendency and embrace lawmakers irrespective of their party so as to work together for the good of Osun and its people.”The statement concluded.