Crisis looms in Oyo Assembly over purchase of official cars.

INDICATIONS have emerged yesterday that fresh crisis between members of the Oyo State House of Assembly is looming as the principal officers insisted on being the beneficiaries of the first set of official cars bought for the Assembly members almost two years after the inauguration of this eight assembly.

At the parliamentary caucus meeting held on Tuesday which lasted till 3pm, it was gathered that the bone of contention was who and who to be the first beneficiaries of the first batch which are nine (9) in number.

A source at the meeting informed that while the principal officers insisted that they would be the first set to benefit from it, other members equally suggested that the beneficiaries should be among the non official members. Meanwhile, the Speaker, Hon. Michael Adeyemo and his deputy, Hon. Musah Abduwasi were excluded because they had earlier got their official vehicles.

Another nagging issue causing division among the Assembly members was the presentation of the report of the Committee that investigated the allegation of the swearing in of two unapproved local government chairmanship nominees for Irepo Local Government, Asabari Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr Mudasir Agbaje, and Taiwo Adeleke respectively and swapping of Mr Akeem Aransi with Mr Abiodun Oladeji for Lagelu West LCDA.

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Following this development, it was exclusively gathered that the Governor, Abiola Ajimobi held a closed door meeting with the lawmakers with a view to amicably resolving the perceived imbroglio between the two arms. During the meeting, the governor promised to immediately release the official vehicles to the lawmakers as well as giving them their parcels of land within the Government Reservation Areas (GRAs) which they ought to have been given since the inception of this present assembly.

According to the report as reliably gathered, the committee recommended that the Executive Arm of government should tender unreserved apology to the house for flouting the directives of the house which against the principle of separation of power.

It was gathered that the Speaker not satisfied with this aspect of the recommendations made an appeal for its outright removal from the report which did not go down well with the members of the House, especially the members of the Ethics and Privileges Committee that investigated the matter.

Mega Icon Magazine learnt that the members have now prepared for a showdown with the speaker at the plenary slated for tomorrow if the original report of the committee is not allowed to be presented.


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