By Dayo Johnson
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State yesterday accused Governor Olusegun Mimiko of committing illegality by inaugurating some boards and commission without confirmation of the State House of Assembly as required by the law. Dr Mimiko had last week inaugurated boards, parastaltals and Commission after over six months in office.
But the PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Chief Adeyemi Adedipe in Akure described as worrisome the inauguration of some boards and commission that required the confirmation of the Lawmakers in the state.
In a swift reaction, the state government denied inaugurating the boards and commission that require the confirmation of the Assembly.
Speaking with newsmen the Information Commissioner, Ranti Akerele said â€œthose of the boards and commission that need the confirmation of the Assembly were not inaugurated by the governor, and their names are still before the House awaiting legislative backingâ€.
However, Adedipe said the party â€œis not quarrelling with the inauguration but our concern is that some of these inaugurated boards like Judicial Service Commission, Civil Service Commission, the Law Reform Commission and the House of Assembly commission required by law confirmation of membership by the State House of Assembly.
The party noted that the development was a continuation of the trend in the state, adding that government had earlier dissolved the legislative and executive arms of the 18 local government areas without consulting the lawmakers.
The statement added that â€œWe find it very unusual, that government had decided to bypass the required confirmation by the Assembly and went ahead to put those commissions in place contrary to the normal legal procedure.
â€œEven after a judgment was obtained at an Akure High Court, which even declared that the governor had no right to dissolve council administrations, the governor also went ahead to constitute new councils, two hours after the verdict, again without recourse to the Assembly.
â€œAlthough we, as important stakeholders in the Ondo project have raised alarm by drawing the attention of the law-abiding citizens to the strange development, we have since noticed that rather than abate, the spate of illegalities continuedâ€.
â€œWe find it most unbearable witnessing this descent into normlessness by a group of politicians who have no regard for constitutionality and due process. The laws are being trampled upon with utter impunity.