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Present N-Assembly members lack fighting spirit – Lagos lawmaker

By Kenneth Ehigiator
Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Local Governments, Adelabu Onibiyo, has said the present crop of National Assembly members lack the fighting spirit to legislate laws that will positively affect the lives of Nigerians.

He also warned against emergence of a one party state which the nation is currently drifting to and urged all progressives in the country to mobilise against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to prevent this from happening.

Onibiyo, who spoke with reporters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, said almost all the country’s federal legislators were in Abuja for jamboree without the interest of the masses at heart.

He noted that instead of the lawmakers occupying their brains with how to improve the lots of the electorate, they were in Abuja thinking of second term for themselves and the president.

The lawmaker, who represents Action Congress from Alimosho constituency in Lagos State House of Assembly, urged Nigerians to rise up to the challenges of the time by going all out to ensure that only those with the right thinking cap, from the president to councillors, were voted into power.

According to Onibiyo, politicians are becoming insincere in the country on daily basis and that most state government were celebrating projects that local councils were constructing in Lagos State.

“At the end of the day, go to any other state of the federation and check the project they have executed and see what Lagos has done.

“You can not compare it to when it was 20 local governments. These are projects that some governors in other states are celebrating. Go to Osun state, you see them celebrating six block of classrooms. It’s not an issue to be discussed.”

Onibiyo warned that one party system that the country was moving towards will cause anarchy, danger and calamity and urged other parties to form a strong force to fight the Peoples Democratic Party as a way of correcting the political ill.

On the rumours that there was a rift between Governor Babatunde Fashola and former governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on the 2011 ticket, Onibiyo said it was a lie and the handiwork of the opposition in the state to destabilise the good work of the state government.

He maintained that a serious politician like Fashola was having sleepless nights thinking of how to deliver the dividends of democracy to his people rather than chasing 2011 tickets.

Onibiyo lamented that the nation and its citizens have been subjected to all forms of hardship where insecurity has become the order of the day.

“Right from Obasanjo till now, how would you explain billions of naira during the time of Obasanjo? Yet our nation is still as it is.

“Nothing is working. If you refuse to buy generating plant, at the end of the day you must buy because the situation is not improving,” Onibiyo said.


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