From Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA – THE Akarigbo of Remo; Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo Tuesday deplored the crisis rocking the Ogun State House of Assembly saying that the group of 15 legislators led by Speaker Tunji Egbetokun had rebuffed all his entreaties to resolve the crisis
Oba Sonariwo who spoke in his palace while receiving factional Speaker; Mr. Soyemi Coker who was on a courtesy call condemned the attitude of the Group of 15 lawmakers saying that they had held the state to ransom and paralyzed development.
He said that he had written a letter to the members with a view to settling the misunderstanding but was rebuffed.
“They gave a lot of excuses for not being able to honor my invitation. To me those excuses are nothing but a way of ensuring they keep the state in paralysis”
While lauding the Group of 11 lawmakers for rescuing the State from the claws of those he described as “enemies of progress”, Oba Sonariwo charged them to always imbibe the spirit of humility and sincerity of purpose.
He then advised that people who should be elected into office in the next dispensation should be scrutinized in order not to elect self serving politicians.
In his remarks, the factional Speaker Mr. Soyemi Coker explained that the decision to effect a change in the leadership of the Assembly was informed by the urgent need to prevent the State from total collapse.
He pledged that the Assembly would continue to respect the rule of law, tow the path of reason and be guided by the fear of God.
He said all efforts would be made to ensure that the State maintains its leading position in all spheres of human endeavors.
Coker and the 10 other lawmakers were later received by the chairmen of Remo North, Ikenne and Sagamu Local Governments, inspected projects located in the council areas including the Gateway Polytechnic, Sapade, Ikenne Housing Estate, Awolowo Road, Ikenne, the ultra-modern NYSC orientation camp and the International Stadium, Sagamu.