The Ogun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has condemned in strong terms, the non-inauguration of the legislative arm of government in the State, saying the State is experiencing “CIVILIAN DICTATORSHIP” under Mr. Dapo Abiodun.
Ogun State is the only State in Nigeria that is without the legislative arm as of today. “This is not only dangerous to a democratic system but it has inadvertently turned the State into civilian dictatorship. A cheer disrespect to collective intelligence.”
Ideally, the 10th Ogun State House of Assembly was supposed to be inaugurated on Tuesday, June 13 for yet another legislative period of four years, expected to elect a Speaker, a Deputy Speaker and other presiding officers to checkmate the activities and excesses of the executive and judiciary arm, unfortunately, Governor Abiodun for no justification postponed the inauguration thereby abandoning one of his key statutory duties. It’s an abuse of power and undue interference.
This act is evidently contrary to Governor Abiodun’s claim that Ogun State should be awarded the pillar of democracy as claimed while giving his address on June 12.
“Unfortunately, he is destroying the same pillar he wanted the State to be awarded for. As a matter of fact, he has just destroyed the pillar that our great Heroes, Chief MKO Abiola, Chief Bisi Onabanjo ,Chief Obafemi Awolowo among others built.”
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“If for one week, such a sensitive and important arm is totally abandoned for mere ceremonies in Abuja, against the important things in the State, it shows that Governor Abiodun is clueless, arrogant and lack respect for democratic structure. His abuse of power and tendencies for anarchy is second to none!”, PDP says.
Again, “he has propelled that he has interior motives to commit atrocities with tax payers money, if not, the State assembly would not be shut down since two weeks ago. He has further proven again that he does not have the operational skills, demanded of a democratic Governor. However, we are not surprised because, his level of education remains questionable till date and he has not been able to prove otherwise.”
“Now that Dapo Abiodun is now running the system alone without a legislative arm, since there is no executive composition and approved advisers, it is very important for all the good people of Ogun State to be vigilant, as we must not relent in actively calling him out against running Ogun State like a one man business.”
Ogun State is known for sophistication and intellectualism. “We are educationally mobile and as good citizens of Ogun and PDP faithful, we refuse to be onlookers. We seize to descend to such level of idiocy and poor permanence.”
Going forward, “Ogun PDP demands that the important aspect of government, which is the legislative arm that is currently not in existence should not only be restored but also be allowed to perform its functions freely.”
Asiwaju Akinloye Bankole
State Publicity Secretary
PDP Ogun State
14th June, 2023.