Speaker of the Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salam has said that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has violated no section of the Nigerian Constitution through the conduct of the local government parliamentary elections in the state.
This is just as Governor Rauf Aregbesola also stated that there is nowhere in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where it was stated that the local government administration must be run through the executive or parliamentary system of government.
The speaker stated this on Tuesday during the swearing-in ceremony of the 389 councillors recently elected through an election conducted by the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC).
Salaam stated that the parliamentary system of government is best for a democratic setting like Nigeria, explaining that there is no way the system negates the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said every step the state government took leading to the elections of the councillors are all under the dictates of the Nigerian Constitution, stressing that the beauty of the system at the local government level is that it will empower the councillors to choose their chairman and other principal officers among themselves.
The speaker however explained that the system calls for a lot intelligence and loyalty on the part of the players because of the fact that powers are not absolutely vested in the hands of an individual.
According to the speaker, “whoever understands the true meaning of democracy in Osun and Nigeria will know that this is indeed another milestone under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
“I want to tell you emphatically that this is the best form of government that can be practised anywhere in the world as it will bring government closer to the people.
“This goes a long way to tell you that our governor is a true lover of democracy and he is not self centered, the parliamentary system of government is democracy in its true form and it takes intelligent, disciplined, descent and loyal people to practice it” the speaker emphasised.