Aregbesola swears in 389 ‘parliamentary’ councillors


Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, on Wednesday, conducted the swearing-in ceremony for  389 newly elected councillors in the state.

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) had on January 27  conducted parliamentary local government election in the state.

The  commission on January 28 announced that all the 389 candidates of APC won the councillorship election.

OSIEC further  stated that elected councillors would be running a parliamentary administrative system at the local government tier, with the councillors electing the chairmen among themselves.

Aregbesola,  while performing the swearing-in ceremony in Osogbo, said that his administration  adopted the parliamentary system of government in fulfilment of the wishes of the people.

The governor said it was the overwhelming wish  of the people  as stated in a report of  the committee on political reforms that parliamentary system of government be adopted.

He  averred that the experience in the First Republic would attest to the fact that parliamentary system deepens democracy and offers far greater political representation than any other system.

The governor argued that the decision to adopt parliamentary system of government was also in fulfilment of Section 7 (1) of the Nigerian constitution.

Aregbesola said adopting a  new system was not  against the constitution or contrary to the tenets of democracy but rather helps to galvanise good governance and effective representation.

“In a parliamentary system, decisions are taken collectively and must be agreed upon by the majority in the House.

“This system saves campaign cost and reduces the impetus for corruption in that a candidate only needs  to campaign in his or her constituency.

” This is unlike in the executive system where a presidential candidate must tour the whole country and a governorship candidate must tour the whole state while a chairmanship candidate must tour the entire local council,’’ he said.

Aregbesola, however, charged the councillors to be change agents that would transform governance in  their local communities and deepen democratic practice with quality representation.

“You must, therefore, listen to your people and give them access. Your status has placed you in a position of leadership, but not in a position of supremacy and tyranny over the people,’’ he said.

In his remarks, the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Najeem Folasayo Salam, said the adoption of  parliamentary system was strictly in line with the constitution of  Nigeria.

Salaam said the House approved the parliamentary system to  govern the people at the grassroots,  having considered its numerous advantages over  other systems of government.


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