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By: Ade Adeleke
A group, PDP Support Group (PSG), has alleged a plot to impose the only Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) lawmaker as the Minority leader of the Ondo state House of Assembly instead of one of the two PDP new lawmakers.
In the composition of the 9th Ondo Assembly, APC has 23 members, PDP has two lawmakers while ZLP is left with one lawmaker who is from former governor Olusegun Mimiko’s Ondo west constituency -one.
In a Letter addressed to the Speaker of the House and a copy sighted by SUNSHINETRUTH, BODE OBANLA, State Co-ordinator of the group described such plot as unjust and undemocratic.
BELOW IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER:
Friday 31st May, 2019.
The Honorable Speaker,
Ondo State House of Assembly, ODHA
Assembly Complex, Igbatoro Road,
CHOOSING A MINORITY LEADER ON EQUITY, FAIR AND JUSTICE; OUR ADVICE.
We are compelled by our sense of patriotism to our fatherland and the need to keep promoting the principles of democracy across all administrative systems in Nigeria, to draw your attention to the subject matter above stated.
While acknowledging the independence of the Ondo State House of Assembly, ODHA like every other house in exercising the right to choose its principal officers, we would like to draw your attention to the need to have a Minority Leader that must emerge from the party with the higher number of representatives at the house amongst the minority political parties, which in this case, is that the House must choose from the PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP).
This becomes necessary, as the House of Assembly (which remains the true representatives of the people) must seek to provide visible leadership direction for our people.
The rumor that the ZENITH LABOUR PARTY (ZLP) is already lobbying that their only member be given the position of Minority Leader seems to us, a negation of the Principles of Democracy upon which the House is built.
As concerned citizens, we are simply drawing the attention of the leadership of the House, to the need to be fair, equitable and just in electing the Principal Officers.
FOR: PDP Support Group (PSG)
The National Chairman PDP
The National Vice Chairman South West PDP
The Ondo State Chairman PDP
The special adviser on legislative matter