Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:27 am
The representative of Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Fatai Olatunji Oluwa, has boasted that the number of opposition members in the House would swell by the time the Electoral Tribunal in the state concludes its sittings.
Oluwa, a lawmaker on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, also said the last 100 days of governance in the state by both the executive and legislative arms has not been satisfactory. Currently, the PDP has eight lawmakers in the House while the All Progressives Congress, APC, has 32.
But some aggrieved candidates of both parties are currently at the tribunal to contest the result of the 2015 election in the state.
“You talk about eight of us, but I assure you we are still going to have more. We are still expecting more. Some of you do go to the tribunal and you must have observed the developments and hearing cases of some of the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the last elections,” he told a group of journalists at the Assembly.
Asked how sure he was of the prediction, he answered: “well, you and I know the truth which is that we are expecting more PDP members at the Assembly. But if you say you don’t know, then do your research on what is happening at the tribunal.”
On issues relating to the 100 days in office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Oluwa said: “It is not only Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who may not have much to say about his 100 days in office. We too are in same position. We asked ourselves and colleagues if anyone has anything to show for his 100 days in office, but none could say he has performed satisfactorily. At a stage we were asking: where are our commissioners? We were told that the list of the commissioners is on its way. They also said it could be because there is no much money on ground since if you appoint commissioners, you are expected to fund their offices. There is also need, like the Federal Government is doing, to fight corruption before the appointment of cabinet members. When they said this, I saw reasons with it to an extent. You know that a majority of us are still in court. Ambode was also in court over his electoral victory.”
The lawmaker added: “Reminded that some of his colleagues have sunk boreholes in their constituencies, he said sinking one or two boreholes is not what a lawmaker could boast about. I don’t think that is enough for 100 days in office. You, anybody can sink boreholes. If you want to talk about 100 days in office, you must be talking of things you have achieved, not one or two boreholes. I’m not saying borehole is not good enough, but we both know what I’m saying.”
He also slammed former Governor Babatunde Fashola for allegedly spending millions of naira on two boreholes adding that such would no longer happen in the state with the presence of such number of opposition members at the House. “I can bet it with you that now, most of the things that happened in past regimes in the state will not happen again. The government of the APC in Lagos will now be very careful. With us in the minority now in the House, I don’t think they will attempt to do anything of this sort again,” he said.