Following the recent exclusion of minority leadership in the Lagos House of Assembly, the founder of Ibile Peaceful Assembly, Hon. Saheed Mosadoluwa, has declared the decision as tyrannical and undemocratic.
Speaking in a recent interview with Access Weekly News, Hon. Mosadoluwa said “I considered the assertion of the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy, Publicity and Security, Mr. Tunde Braimoh of Lagos State Assembly as a troubling conundrum. We are not saying majority rule is not necessary for expressing the popular will and the basis for establishing their deceptive and progressive’s campaign but minority is bound to disagree on any anti-people ideal of the majority.”
He continued that “the Lagos State House Assembly should understand that the consensus cannot be the basis for making political or legislative decisions because minority rule is antithetical to democracy.”
Hon. Mosadoluwa further stated that “is the Lagos State House of Assembly now a fascist organization? I have not heard of any State Assembly without Minority leaders.”
While condemning the decision, he said “this decision, if not nip in the bud, will surely pave the way for executive-arm recklessness and rascality. APC members in the house should not abuse its powers to oppress the minority voters that send some of these traitors to that chamber to represent their communities.”
Meanwhile, Hon. Mosadoluwa also expressed his thoughts on the recent cross-carpeting by lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to him, the PDP lawmakers who were fascinated with what their contemporaries in the APC were benefitting didn’t consult their constituents before moving camps.
“I would advise that someone should stand as a minority leader to represent the will of the minorities. We should stop being economical with the truth. The Assembly can’t say the offices of Minority Leader and Minority Whip in the House are no longer necessary. The Speaker, his loyalists and APC leaders should understand the dangers of tyranny in legislature which should also be condemned by Lagosians,” he said.
He finally noted that his Ibile group would “resist imposed regimentation of thought and values as the voice of the minority must be heard” through a peaceful protest.
You would recall that the Lagos Assembly excluded the offices of Minority Leader and Minority Whip in the House citing reasons that the two positions are no longer necessary.