By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA â€“ SPEAKERÂ 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, â€œWe (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.
â€œBecause we have not gone to him to report to him in his elderly wisdom, he has not ever called us. I canâ€™t say this is the role he has played.
â€œThere 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 couldÂ be traced to the suspension of his predecessor, Mr. TitiÂ Oseni, adding that the decision should be seen as an ordinary decision butÂ â€œpeople still hang on to that.”
The Speaker warned the leadershipÂ of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, not to under-rate anyÂ political party in the forthcoming elections, addingÂ that the fact thatÂ there was no real opposition in the state now was notÂ an indicationÂ that the party would have a smoothÂ run in the 2011 governorship election.