The Osun State House of Assembly has said that it was untrue that it received a petition prior to the one sent by a serving judge in the state, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, against Governor Rauf Aregbesola for alleged financial mismanagement.
Speaker of the Assembly, Najeem Salaam, stated this at the plenary session on Monday, August 17, 2015, in response to the claim made recently by the publicity director of the Civil Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State, Seun Adeoye, on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily that the group had sent a petition to the House earlier and was ignored.
Oloyede sent a petition to the Assembly calling for the impeachment of the governor and his deputy, Titilayo Laoye-Tomori.
Salaam said there was no record showing that any petition was sent before Oloyede’s own, adding that some other petitions came in the form of letters only after the one sent by the judge.
He said: “It is a blatant lie that any petition had been sent earlier. We have the record of what we are doing in the House. The first petition we received on this issue was the one sent by the judge”
According to Salaam, the petition has been treated with fairness, in line with the mandate given to the legislature.
“For that reason I want to implore the people to be careful and say things the way they are, rather than scoring cheap political points,” he said.
He stressed that the House of Assembly would continue to follow the path of justice, in line with the mandate and responsibilities of the legislative arm of government.