The Oyo State House of Assembly members have thrown their weights behind the Oyo State Governor Engineer Seyi Makinde on the recent dissolution of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) board.
This was contained in a matter of urgent public important presented by the House Majority leader and Honourable representing Ogbomosho South state constituency, Hon. Sanjo Adedoyin.
Hon. Adedoyin faulted that the decision of the commission to conduct elections into the 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) created by the ex-Governor Abiola Ajimobi’ administration, saying that the decision has contravene Section 5(a) of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission Law of 1999.
He maintained that the provision of the state’s electoral law is in tandem with Section 4(a) part II of the third schedule to the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which empowers the OYSIEC to conduct elections into local government areas.
Hon. Adedoyin, in his prayers to the House, urged the actions of the OYSIEC to conduct elections into LCDAs in the state to be declared unconstitutional.
Contrarily, the Minority Leader and Honourable representing, Atiba state constituency, Hon. Asimiyu Alarape, in his opinion to the motion, said all laws backing the establishment of additional Local government were made in 2002 by the same Oyo State Assembly and assented to by former governor, late Lamidi Adesina, which subsequently converted them to LCDAs, thereby making legal to have elected officers.
Hon. Alarape cautioned the House against negating laws of the assembly because of personal gain.
In his submission, lawmaker representing Iseyin state constituency, Hon. Adeola established that the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended only recognized 33 local government areas in Oyo state and 774 in the entire country.
He added that the bone of contention was not the creation of LCDAs by ex-Governor Abiola Ajimobi, rather, it was the conduct of the elections into LCDAs that were not recognized by the constitution.
While passing the resolution of the House, the Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, said that the dissolution of OYSIEC board by the Oyo State government was in the public interest and preservation of the sanctity of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Hon. Ogundoyin disclosed nobody is against the creation of LCDAs, because we also desire development in the grassroots, which can be made possible when government is brought close to the people.
The Speaker reiterated that the House will constitute an Ad-hoc committee to investigate all activities of the Local government and LCDAs since May, 2018.
While expressing the support of House to the dissolution of the OYSIEC board, urged Governor Seyi Makinde to urgently consider reconstitution of the OYSIEC board that will organise fresh, free and fair elections into local government councils in line with the provisions of the laws.
In another development, the Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin has called on the relevant authority in charge of posting of teachers to schools to ensure that teachers are posted based on students’ population.
The resolve of the House was in line with a motion jointly moved by the Minority Leader, Hon. Asimiyu Alarape and Hon. Olawunmi Oladeji on “the dearth of teachers in most public schools in the rural areas.”
In his comment, the lawmaker representing Ibadan North Constituency II, Hon. Adebayo Babajide noted that people affected mostly by inadequate teachers are wards of from the poor background, who can not afford to send their children to private schools.
He stated that these people constitute larger percentage of the electorates, hence, the need to make them priority.
Also, the Oyo State House of Assembly, therefore, approved the appointment of 10 new special advisers to the Governor, as requested by the executive in a letter sent to the lawmakers dated July 10th, 2019.