The Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEO) has kicked against plan by the State Assembly Committee set up to look into the petition of Justice Oloyede Folahanmi against Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs. Titilayo Grace Tomori, to sit behind closed door.
The group insisted that the Speaker, Hon. Najeem Salam should stand by his earlier statement that the investigation would be conducted openly, saying refusal to do this is a betrayal of the people’s trust.
Besides, the group in a statement signed by its chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Sulaiman, rejected the 7-man panel comprising only members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in an assembly with two opposition members from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to CSCEO, the step taken by the leadership of the state assembly showed that it lacked the integrity and the will power to dispassionately and justly investigate the allegations of financial impropriety of Aregbesola.
While demanding that the governor’s response to the petition be made public, the coalition said all indications have shown that the committee had written its report before commencing sitting.
“To even found out that the House Minority Leader, Hon. Dejo Makinde holds Masters Degree in Law, which put him in vantage position for such assignment but was not considered has revealed that the Assembly leadership’s had clandestine arrangement unknown to many.
“Going by what we gathered, the committee has planned to give Aregbesola a clean bill and that was why the Speaker did not allow any member of the opposition to be part of this dirty deal: Adenyi said