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Osun LG Councillors Dare Assembly over Suspension of Chairman

By KAZEEM MOHAMMED

Parliamentarians of Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun have rejected the resolution of the State House of Assembly on the suspension of the council Chairman, Hon. Munirudeen Anisu.

Four out of the seven parliamentarians have invoked vote of no confidence in the council boss over allegations of fraud and misappropriation of public fund and notified the Assembly ratification.

The Assembly has subsequently voided the suspension of the council boss, saying there was no evidence to justify the actions of the council’s parliament.

The aggrieved Parliamentarians has however rejected the position of the house and Accusedone the state legislature of bias in favour of the chairman.

In the letter jointly signed by the Vice Chairman of the council, Hon. Inaolaji Waheed; Akinrinde Nurudeen, (Deputy leader); Oyeyemi Halimat and Olawore Sulaiman, they alleged that the House has refused to investigate the corruption allegations against the chairman but based its resolution on technicalities.

The letter read in part, “With utmost sadness, we, the elected councillors of Olorunda local government, Igbona Osogbo unequivocally reject the Osun House of Assembly’s position on the allegation of fraud and misappropriation of public fund against Hon. Muniru Anisu, the suspended chairman of the council.

“We sent a petition to the House of Assembly on 30th of December 2019, instead for the assembly to set up an independent investigative panel to look into the petition, they threw the petition out based on the reasons best known to them.

“The assembly failed awfully with their constitutional responsibilities to invite both parties for questioning and instead took side with the suspended chairman.

“Even an ordinary or concerned citizen has the right to make petition against any public officer and the House has the constitutional right to investigate. Justice, equity and fairness demands that an investigative panel be constituted in order to look into the criminal and corrupt allegations level against the suspended chairman.

“Till today, Hon. Anisu has not been invited by the House of Assembly yo defend himself against the allegations. He is indeed “untouchable ” and protected chairman, because he was privy to the report of the House of Assembly of 13th of January 2020 (a reference to his posts on Facebook account).

“Meanwhile to the glory of Almighty God, we are committed to get justice and we still stand on section 39 (C) and section 53(1a-d) of State of Osun House of Assembly standing rules and order for the administration of Local Government Area, Local Government Development Area, Administrative Office and Area Councils, and there is no going back in exposing corrupt and criminal tendency”, the councillor insisted.

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