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We’ve offended Obasanjo – Egbetokun

By Kolade Larewaju

ABEOKUTA – SPEAKER  of Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr.Tunji Egbetokun yesterday admitted that both the Executive and the Legislative arms of government in the state have offended former President Olusegun Obasanjo in their disposition to the former President.

Egbetokun who spoke against the backdrop of the intractable crisis between the state government, under the leadership of Governor Olugbenga Daniel and the state Assembly said, “We (both the Legislature and the Executive) have not for once gone to him that this is the problem, please resolve it for us.

We have actually offended Chief Obasanjo because we have never contacted him. As an elder statesman, somebody who had been the President we need to take our case to him.

“Because we have not gone to him to report to him in his elderly wisdom, he has not ever called us. I can’t say this is the role he has played.

“There will be grey areas, but the fact that legislative and executive are independent bodies, whatever decision we take is not for an individual but for all the peoples.”

The misunderstanding should not go far but when it comes to a stage we see ourselves as opposition that would be bad.
The Speaker confessed that the crisis between the state House of Assembly and the Executive arm of government could  be traced to the suspension of his predecessor, Mr. Titi  Oseni, adding that the decision should be seen as an ordinary decision but  “people still hang on to that.”

The Speaker warned the leadership  of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, not to under-rate any  political party in the forthcoming elections, adding  that the fact that  there was no real opposition in the state now was not  an indication  that the party would have a smooth  run in the 2011 governorship election.


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