By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Following the controversies surrounding the suspension of the Chairman of Osogbo South Local Council Development Area, Abdulhakeem Olaoye, the Osun State House of Assembly has directed that all the leadership of the council vacate their offices pending the outcome of the investigation of the Assembly.
Besides, the house of assembly received another notification of suspension of Olorunda local government chairman, Hon Hammed Anisu by the parliaments over allegation of financial misappropriation.
Four parliamentarians of Osogbo South Local Council Development Area had last week suspended the chairman. But the suspension was reversed by the House of Assembly last Friday.
The House had past Friday invited the parliamentarians but did not show up only the chairman honoured the invitation.
However, the House in a unanimous decision on Monday decided to suspend the council parliamentarians, including the Chairman.
The Speaker, Hon, Timothy Owoeye noted that the House after deliberations resolved that for peace to reign while the House is carrying out its investigation on the impasse.
He directed that the Council manager of the affected LCDA should take over the affairs of the council.
Owoeye also urged that relevant security agencies should take note of the order of the State House of Assembly that the Parliamentarians should not parade themselves within the premises of the Council, ensuring that peace of the public is guaranteed at the affected LCDA.
The House also resolved that the notification sent to the House by the Parliamentarians of Osogbo South LCDA and that of Olorunda Local Government be committed to the House Committee on Local Government and Public petition to come out with his findings within the stipulated time required by the law.
The Speaker emphasised that the Local Government creation and administration Law of Osun 2015 section 19 (C) gives the Assembly 7 days to look into the matter, stating that the House will work within the 7 working days stipulated by the law.
According to him, “I want to reiterate that the Local Government is a government that is supposed to be closer to the grassroot for development, reverse will be the case if there is no peace.
“It is the resolution of the Assembly that the Parliamentarians should vacate the Council for the stipulated 7 days for the relevant Committees of the House to investigate and advice the House accordingly”, the Speaker said.
Meanwhile, Anisu was suspended on Monday due to his alleged failure to answer the “financial misconduct and misappropriation” allegations levelled against him by the council.
In the resolution of the parliament signed by Hon. Inaolaji Waheed; Nurudeen Akinrinde; Olawore Sulaiman; Oyeyemi Halimat, dated 30th of December, 2019, the council parliament said it had on 23 December, 2019 wrote the chairman to answer the allegations without any response from him.
The parliamentarians, stated that the suspension of the chairman was in line with the standing rules and orders of Osun State House of Assembly on Administration of Local Government Areas, Local Council Development Areas, Area Councils and Administrative Officers as enshrine in part X , Sec 39(3) and Sec 53(1)(a-d).