Onanuga to Ogun Assembly: I've Tendered My Apology To Obas In Ogun Waterside - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Onanuga to Ogun Assembly: I've Tendered My Apology To Obas In Ogun Waterside

...As State Lawmakers Also Grill Remo North LGA Boss, Somoye

From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The Transition Chairman of Ogun Waterside Local Government Area(LGA) of Ogun State, Mr Femi Onanuga,  has disclosed that he had formally conveyed his unreserved apology to the  traditional rulers in the LGA.

The embattled Onanuga also disclosed that he holds the aggrieved traditional rulers in high esteem.

The Daily Crucible recalls that the monarchs 
in Ogun Waterside had last Friday, called for the immediate removal of Femi Onanuga, for allegedly "disrespecting" them.

The monarchs in unison, claimed that Onanuga was "not fit and proper person" to lead the minerals - rich Local Government, urging Governor Dapo Abiodun and Ogun State House of Assembly not to approve, renew or confirm tenure extension for him.

The Ojotumoro of Abigi, Oba Olusegun Ogunye
 who spoke to reporters in company of three other colleague - monarchs -  the Osobia of Imakum Omi, Oba Kazeem Salami, Onirokun of Irokun Kingdom, Oba Buari  Balogun and 
Elefire of Ifire, Oba Musa Adetokunbo Adeniyi,
called for an outright removal of Femi Onanuga as the Transition Chairman of Ogun Waterside Local Government.

Ogunye claimed that despite being advised separately by Governor Abiodun and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, to show remorse for his alleged disrespect to the traditional institution, Femi Onanuga failed to heed the advice.

"This same transition chairman which all of us, the entire Obas in Ogun water side rejected.  We appealed to allow him to spend that transition period because he has mentioned it in the open that those of them that work from within.

"The market woman and the entire people of Abigi rejected him and the entire Obas in Ogun water side Local Government rejected him. All the entire Obas, no exception, in Ogun water side Local Government said we don't want him. 

"We want him to be totally removed from office so that it's going to serve as deterrent to others that their are some institutions that must be respected and that is the institution of the Obaship.

"We implore the entire members of the Ogun State House of Assembly not to confirm his continuation as the transition chairman, we also implore the Ogun State Governor not to approve his membership as transition chairman . He doesn't have any respect to the institute of the traditional council, 

"As far as we are concerned, he is not not fit and a proper person to rule the local government," Ogun had said.

The Monarchs protestation followed Ogun  Assembly confirmation and extension of 18 Transition Chairmen of the Local Government Councils effective from 19th July, 2020, while that of Femi Onanuga and his counterpart in Remo North, Biodun Somoye, were put on hold.
The extension of 18 LGAs and stepping down of Ogun Waterside and Remo North also followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs by the Chairman, Hon. Akeem Balogun, during Plenary earlier.

Balogun, who cited names of members who were successfully cleared, subsequently moved the motion for the adoption of the report, seconded by Hon. Ganiyu Oyedeji, and unanimously supported by all the lawmakers through a voice vote.

The said report partly reads: "the Committee however, did not recommend the extension of tenure for the Transition Committee Chairmen of Remo North, Hon. Biodun Somoye and Ogun Waterside Local Government, Comrade Femi Onanuga due to the fact that petitions received from the respective Local Government councils are still receiving the attention of the House.

"The Committee therefore recommended the extension of the tenure of eighteen (18) transition Chairmen Committees and committee members of Remo North and Ogun Waterside Local Government having been found eligible and suitable."

But appearing on Tuesday before the Ogun Assembly session presided by the Speaker Kunle Oluomo at the Assembly Complex, Abeokuta, the state capital, to clear 
allegations of breach of peace and lack of respect for the traditional institution and leaders which were leveled against him, Femi Onanuga told the state lawmakers that the issues with the traditional rulers had been resolved.
According to him, he had also apologized for actions and inactions that might have led to the misunderstanding between him and the Royal fathers as well as some opinion and political leaders in Ogun Waterside.

He assured the lawmakers that he holds the monarchs and other stakeholders in his Local Government in high esteem. 

Onanuga said he had formally conveyed his apology to the traditional council at mediatory meetings conveyed earlier by elders in the Council.

His Remo North counterpart, Abiodun Somoye, who faced similar fate also told Speaker Oluomo and his colleagues that he had resolved all differences with all concerned stakeholders in Remo North with a view to ensuring more development projects in the area.

In his remarks, Speaker Oluomo noted that the Assembly which played mediatory role, honoured the position and intention of Governor Dapo Abiodun likewise people's opinion, with an assurance that the 9th Assembly as credible representatives of the people, would continue to be a peace bridge between the government and the governed with a view to entrenching good governance in the State.

Oluomo acknowledged the previous interactive session with the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Afolabi Afuape, as well as the State Chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria and therefore directed the Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to collate the report of the proceedings for further legislative actions on the matter.

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