Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Ayodele Samuel , Lagos The Ogun State Governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel has his place in God on the issue rocking the state executive and legislative. No problem between the state executive and the legislature saying “God is in control in the state”. The state governor speaking in Lagos, through the commissioner for information, Dr. Kayode Samuel said there is no turbulent in the state “what we have is a normal exercise of constitutional duties, the legislature is exercising its power and the executive running the government”. He said there is no violence in Ogun State as citizen move freely without any problem. Kayode said “the legislature under Egbetokun has just discovered that it has some powers under the law but not using it maturely and responsibly” saying with the change of leadership in the state legislature seems to be some hyperactive which are not good for the growth of democracy in the state. He said the maturity and responsibility to use some power is absent in the legislature. Meanwhile Members of the Ogun State House of Assembly, on Tuesday at their resumed sitting after a two-week recess, passed a vote of confidence in the state governor, Chief Gbenga Daniel, and the leadership of the state House of Assembly led by its Speaker, Honourable Tunji Egbetokun. Also, a solidarity rally in support of the Daniel-led administration by party faithful from all the 20 local government areas of the state was held at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretariat in Abeokuta, the state capital. Eleven members of the House who attended the rally joined leaders of the party in condemning the move to impeach the governor. Twenty-one out of the 26 lawmakers who were in attendance at the plenary session all expressed confidence in the ability of the governor in moving the state to greater heights, describing some newspaper publications on the purported impeachment moves against the governor as a figment of their imagination. The lawmakers described the allegation as a way of destabilising the state by some people they described as fifth columnists. The deputy speaker, Honourable Remmy Hassan, who moved the motion that a vote of confidence be passed in the governor and the House leadership, said news of the plot to impeach the governor remained strange to many members of the House.