By Peter Akinwande
LEGISREPORTS NG – Things are beginning to go wrong between the eight Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, as some of the members are already complaining about the attitude the attitude of their leader, Hon. Akeem Bello, the Minority Leader of the House.
LEGISREPORTS NG learnt that the six other members are beginning to get uncomfortable with the way Bello, the Minority Leader and his counterpart, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, the Minority Whip are representing them in the House.
There have been allegations that the duo (Bello and Sangodara) have both been bought over by the leadership of the APC and this has crippled a viable opposition in the House to the extent that the Assembly now operates like one-party House.
Before the inauguration of the 8th Lagos Assembly, the expectation was that the eight PDP members would give the other 32 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a viable opposition.
But, as it stands, reverse seems to have been the case, as one of the members is already getting furious over the issue and has threatened to challenge the duo of Bello and Sangodara.
The member who doesn’t want his name mentioned in order to avoid crisis told our correspondent that he won’t sit down and watch the two PDP principal officers render himself and the remaining five others useless in the House.
The source was quoted as saying that “these two people have no vibrancy in them and there is nothing they can do to make PDP members assert the views of the opposition in the House.”
The source also said that Sangodara in particular shouldn’t have been made the Minority Whip as she doesn’t have much to offer and can do little to provide leadership for the opposition in the Assembly.
Our correspondent also gathered that the leadership of the minority in the House have compromised and would find it could very difficult to champion the cause of their party as they have practically become appendages to the APC.
It would be recalled that LEGISREPORTS NG recently reported that a former Senator, Adeseye Ogunlewe challenged the PDP members in the House not to be onlookers.
Ogunlewe who stated this while making a remark at the commissioning of the constituency office of Dipo Olorunrinu, a PDP member of the House representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1 in Festac Town area of the state, charged the PDP lawmakers not to sit down and grumble all because they belong to an opposition party in the state.
He told them to focus more on their oversight functions and see the state Governor and his to be Commissioners on whatever issues bothering them about their constituencies.
According to him, “you must fight them to a standstill because you are coming back to the people for another mandate in the next four years. You must have an advisory committee. You should also work on local government funding,” he said.
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