OrderPaperToday – Some lawyers have weighed in on the disagreement between Senator Bashiru Ajibola and Representative Wole Oke, both members of the National Assembly from Osun State, over the system of council administration in the state.
Mr. Oke representing Obokun/Oriade federal constituency on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had at the weekend faulted the system of local government being practiced in place across the state and called for adjustment in line with the provisions of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
In a reaction, Sen. Ajibola, representing Osun Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that the statement of Oke depicted ignorance of the subject matter.
The senator claimed that the motive of Mr. Oke in raising this issue now was suspicious because the local government law had been operational more than two years ago. He wondered how he suddenly woke up on the alleged unconstitutionality of the system of council administration.
However, in different statements made available to newsmen in Abuja by two legal practitioners- former Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Chairman, Ilesha Branch, Kanmi Ajibola and Mr. Yemi Giwa both indigenes of the State, asked both lawmakers to be guided by law.
Mr. Kanmi Ajibola said that the parliamentary system in the administration of local government in Osun State was a constitutional aberration and oddity which must be addressed immediately in the interest of the people of the state.
He said the question that should be asked is, whether parliamentary system being employed in the administration of Local Governments in Osun state was legal and constitutional.
According to him, “by the provision of Section 2 (2) of the 1999 constitution (as amended), it provides that: ‘Nigeria shall be Federation consisting of States and a Federal Capital Territory.’
“Section 3 (1) contains all the names of the thirty-six states that make up the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Section 3 (2) directs us to the first column of part 1 of the first schedule where all the names of the Local Government Areas that make up each states are listed.
“The import and linkage of this is that, without Local Government Areas there cannot be a state and where there are no states there cannot be the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
On his part, Mr. Giwa said “it is displeasing to read the opposing views of two federal lawmakers from Osun State, over the (un)constitutionality of the parliamentary system adopted by Osun State at its local government level.
“It’s not the topic that is disturbing but the way and manner the two high ranking politicians are vituperating over the issue. It is nauseating and to say the least unparliamentarian.”