A member of the House of Representatives, Hon Olajide Olatubosun (APC-Oyo) has said that the National Assembly is faced with what he term “existential threat.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has zoned the office of the Speaker to the South West and had endorsed Hon Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos) for the office.
“I am a party man only to the extent that the decisions of the party conform to the Constitution,” he said.
He said that the doctrine of Separation of Power says that there are three arms of government with separate functions and responsibilities.
“The Executive is not superior to the legislature, no, unfortunately because of our long years of military rule, the legislative arm has been bastadised so much.
“The legislature, which is the National Assembly in our case, came into continuous flow since 1999; this institution is faced with existential threat.
“The members of the House of Representatives are mature, well travelled with the required exposures to choose one of them to lead, so I will not support any form of imposition,” he said.
The lawmaker said that he has friends from across political parties and that the support he enjoys is devoid of inducement.
According to Olatubosun, I shall be a servant speaker if elected and shall serve members, support staff, the media and all other stakeholders.
The legislator said if elected speaker, he would prioritise the budgetary process as the present system is not good enough.
Olatubosun also said that if elected speaker, he would ensure that the Security Trust Fund Bill is passed for better funding of security agencies.
Stressing the need for better funding, he said that the security agents are doing a lot, sacrificing their comfort and lives for citizens to walk freely.
He said that attention would be given to fundamental Human Rights particularly for women, children, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the poorest.
(C) Daily Post