A fresh row is brewing in Oyo State House of Assembly over alleged secret signing of the 2016 budget by the Speaker, Honourable Michael Adeyemo, in a car, on Wednesday.
Sunday Tribune gathered that minority lawmakers in the House from Accord and Labour Party are spoiling for war with the speaker over the development, which they said, was devoid of the usual ceremony, vowing to make the speaker face the consequence of his action.
But Adeyemo, in his reaction, said the allegation that he signed the budget in a car was criminal, myopic and mischievous.
The minority lawmakers, it was gathered, have sent messages to their colleagues, including those in the All Progressives Congress (APC), to re-convene in the Assembly on Monday, against the compulsory two-week break announced by the speaker.
They have also resolved to resurrect a motion earlier dropped and which had to do with scrutinising the state’s finances and also put the spotlight on the speaker.
However, the speaker urged his colleagues to provide evidence for the allegations leveled against him, saying “if they are looking for something, they should look for it in a decent way.”
He said the governor was not available on the day he was alleged to have signed the budget, asking what urgency could warrant his signing the budget in a car as claimed.
He explained that the two-week break was to enable the various House committees attend to the six outstanding bills before them for onward action by the assembly.
“After passing the budget, the clerk of the House signed it and I only signed the covering letter accompanying it, which is the normal procedure.”
“Must there be a ceremony while signing the budget? Is the budget different from other laws and sent to the executive for the governor’s assent? Does the signing of the budget utter the content of the passed budget?
“Assuming without conceding that I signed the budget in a car as alleged, is there any law that specifies where the budget should be signed? The claim is too pedestrian.
“With what is happening between the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari, will Governor Abiola Ajimobi not look at the budget and raise observations, if any, before signing it?,” he asked
Culled from tribuneonlineng.com