Part of the mild highlights of yesterday’s inauguration of the new members of the Osun State House of Assembly was when the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Prince Gboyega Famodun, jocularly asked for the whereabouts of his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic(PDP), Mr Soji Adagunodo.
The Media Consultant to Famodun, Mr Kola Olabisi, who was also in attendance observed that when it was the turn of the Igbajo-born APC chairman to give his goodwill message, he said, he expected Adagunodo to be seated at the venue of the inauguration since three members of his party were part of those that made it to the state legislature.
The APC state chairman said, the inclusion of the three opposition members in the House of Assembly made a positive statement for the liberal nature of the APC in the state.
In his words: “I have been looking round this hallowed chamber with the expectation to see my good friend, Soji Adagunodo, whom three members of his party are part of today’s inauguration.
“Where is he? Where is Adagunodo? He is supposed to be here to, at least, come and give a moral support to his inaugurating three members of his party, the PDP”, he said.
It was subsequent to this drama that Famodun advised the PDP members of the House to embrace peace, unity and co-operation in discharging their legislative duties.
He enjoined them to put the interest of the state and that of their constituents first before that of their party.
Another highlight of the inauguration was when the immediate-past Speaker of the House, Dr Najeem Salaam, made a corrigendum to a statement made by his immediate former boss, Barr. Adejare Bello.
Bello, during his goodwill message, had made an allusion to the time when “Najeem was sent home by the tribunal after he had spent two years in the Assembly”.
Salaam came out to correct his boss that he would have expected Bello to say “Najeem was sent home by the PDP” and not by the tribunal.
Incidentally, Najeem and Bello are both members of the APC today.
The whole place was all fun as traditional musicians and praise-singers were sighted planting themselves in groups, raking money from popular politicians in attendance whose praises they were singing intermittently.
Some of the politicians were seeing, in their bid to evade the traditional musicians, wrapping themselves up with their overflowing parachute-like gowns(agbada), dashing into their vehicles immediately after the exercise.
Security operatives had an Herculean task controlling both human and vehicular traffic as all the car parks in the Assembly Complex were filled to capacity.
There was however, a successful civil control of the guests into the hallowed chambers of the Assembly; this situation made the canopies errected in the Assembly compound to be more populous than within.
The occasion turned out to be a rendezvous for members of the APC political families as people were seen exchanging pleasantries with friends and acquaintances both within and outside the main bowl of the assembly.
The hallowed chamber of the Assembly could be said to be the day that the lawmakers had set aside for some of their rules as some supporters and admirers of the inaugurating lawmakers and other top politicians of the APC extraction could not resist the temptation of shouting the monicas of the lawmakers each time their names were announced.
The first Speaker of the Assembly, Barr Wale Afolabi and the state Secretary of the party, Alhaji Ayobami Salinshile with some past members of the Assembly were also in attendance.
The state Governor Gboyega Oyetola who came with his wife and the deputy governor, Mr Benedict Alabi had earlier spoken glowingly about the immense support of the sixth Assembly, requesting not less from the seventh Assembly in the interest of giving qualitative governance to the people of the state.
Among the dignitaries in attendance are former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan(Jalo); former Secretary to the State Government who is currently the Chairman of Agbaosun, Engr Sola Akinwumi; Senator Husein; Otunba (Mrs) Titi Laoye-Tomori, the immediate-past deputy governor of the state; the State Head of Service, Mr Olowogboyega; Chief of Staff, Dr Charles Akinola and the representative of the state CJ.