The Oyo State House of Assembly has passed a vote of confidence on Governor Seyi Makinde and his Deputy, Rauf Olaniyan, as a way of dissociating itself from purported moves to impeach the Deputy Governor of the State.
The lawmakers denied media reports linking them with plans to work with some power brokers in the State in an alleged plot to unseat the Deputy Governor.
They say “the House firmly believes in the leadership style and capabilities of Governor Makinde and his Deputy.”
The House made the clarification while deliberating on a motion moved by the lawmaker representing Lagelu State Constituency, Mr Akintunde Olajide, and seconded by Mr Isiaka Kazeem (Oyo East/Atiba) on Tuesday.
In their separate remarks, Mr Adeola Bamidele (Iseyin/Itesiwaju), the Majority Leader, Mr Sanjo Adedoyin and the Minority Leader, Asimiyu Alarape, noted that the lawmakers were in consonance with the Executive Arm led by Makinde and his Deputy, Olaniyan.
The motion also called on journalists, especially those attached to the Assembly and freelance journalists to always be fair and unbiased in their news reporting, instead of raising unnecessary apprehensions in the State.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Muhammed Fadeyi, while speaking as a trained journalist, advised pressmen covering the House seatings to always be factual and do much investigation into news tips before publication.
Supporting the vote of confidence, Alarape, said there was the need for the lawmakers to speak out their immense support to the administration of the Governor and his Deputy.
He added that “it is high time all the lawmakers made public their support for the Makinde government, irrespective of political affiliation.”
Speaker Ogundoyin, who adopted the motion commended the efforts of the reporters covering the Assembly activities, urging them to desist from what he described as junk journalism.
He also denied insinuations that the lawmakers were working with a top government official and held various meetings all in the bid to impeach the Deputy Governor.
Similarly, the House also moved to rename the Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, after an Eruwa-born late industrialist and business mogul, Adeseun Ogundoyin, who was the father of the current Speaker of the Ninth Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin.
The lawmakers acknowledged the numerous support and roles played by the late Ogundoyin in the development of the former Eruwa Campus of The Polytechnic Ibadan, Eruwa and the State as a whole, during his life time.
Source: Voice of Nigeria