Learn To Accept Defeat, Osun Speaker Counsels Opposition

•We Won’t Negotiate With Usurper -AC

SPEAKER, Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Adejare Bello has acknowledged the essentiality of the opposition in the parliament; saying that it keeps the executive on its toes in every dealing.

Speaking to OSUN DEFENDER at his official residence in Osogbo, Osun State Capital on Friday, Adejare said that with the members of the opposition party in the house, the fear of the executive on violations of rule of law is sustained.

“There is an advantage in having an opposition members in the house, it goes a long way to keep executive on its toes, and there is always a fear of what the opposition will do in case violations of rules,” said the speaker.

Adejare also disclosed that the opposition parties ought to have got some quotas in the formation of unity government earlier proposed by Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola if not for the violent protest that greeded his declaration as the winner of the April 14, 2007 controversial governorship election in the state.

“I remember that Mr. Governor called me on telephone, when he was declared the winner of the election and said that he was ready to consider members of the opposition for some commissionership slots; until we found out that the opposition was not ready to play ball through the 2007 April 15 violent crisis, where houses, cars and other properties were burnt,” said the speaker.

The Ede-born politician then called on the state chapter of the Action Congress (AC) to eschew violence, saying that politicians should learn to accept defeat in the spirit of sportsmanship.

Responding, the state AC, Director of Reaserch and Strategies, Mr. Sunday Akere said that, the speaker goofed on the sharing of potfolios in the state; insisting that AC won the governorship seat and could not have shared its mandate with usurper.

“Mr. Speaker is wrong to have said that we should learn to be a good loser, because he knew that the AC won the last year’s controversial elections. He ought to know how the polls were marred with violence orchestrated by his party.

“We are bit losers and we cannot sit with a mandate thief to negotiate”, said Akere.