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Defections leave Ogun Assembly without majority, minority leaders

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The Ogun House of Assembly  had been left without a majority leader before the 2019 general elections  and recently with no minority leader,  OgunToday  reports.
 
The vacuum nonetheless does not go down well with most members of the House, who  seek replacement  to  the vacant positions. 
 
 
OgunToday  reports that Mr Olawale Alausa(Ijebu Ode)  the Minority Leader of the House on May 2,  defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC ).
 
 
On his part,  the former Majority Leader,  Adeyinka Mafe,  and three other members  on Nov. 29, 2018, resigned their membership of APC and defected to the APM.
 
 
Meanwhile ,  Mafe , on April 2, announced the withdrawal of  his membership of  the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and returned to the APC. 
 
 
Speaking in Abeokuta on Wednesday ,  Mr Akinpelu Aina (Ado Odo Ota 1) ,  Chairman, Ogun  House Committee on Information,  Strategy,  Culture and Tourism, explained that the Speaker’s failure to announce a new majority leader was a huge concern to the whole House. 
 
 
Aina noted that the issue of the new majority leader had been settled by the ruling APC caucus in the assembly , saying that it had been raised at the floor of the House on several occasions expecting the speaker to make announcement. 
 
 
The lawmaker added that the issue of majority and minority leader was  not by election but by announcement during plenary by the speaker .
 
 
 
“Majority and minority leadership of the House is a creation of law and by the rules of the House  and we must follow that . The speaker should know that we are lawmakers and not law breakers ,” he said. 
 
 
“But we as law abiding and peaceful lawmakers believe in due process in achieving our aims ,not through violence . It behoves speaker of the house to do the needful on the issue as soon as possible. 
 
 
“It is for the leadership of the house to do the needful so that the confidence the members have in the speaker will continue .
 
 
 
“The speaker as the leader of the House should make a pronouncement as soon as possible on who becomes the new majority leader and minority leader .
 
 
 
“The assembly  will be denied so many things when the majority leader needs to represent the house at some functions and his post is void.  It  will automatically have adverse effect on the House. 
 
“There are motions that are ought to be moved by majority leader during plenary but the duty is  given to someone else and this should not continue ,” he said. 
 
 
 
Out of the 26 members of the House, APC now has 18, APM three , ADC three, while PDP has two.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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