Why Ondo Lawmakers are Back Benchers at National Assembly – Ayorinde
By Our Reporter
A former member, house of Representatives, Dr Bode Ayorinde has faulted the method of replacing lawmakers from Ondo state at the national assembly in every election, saying such method will always deprive the state from attaining leadership positions in the legislative arm of government.
Ayorinde represented Owo/Ose Federal Constituency between 2015 and 2019 but was replaced by Otunba Timilehin Adelegbe who is now at the national assembly.
Many federal lawmakers from the state had faced similar fate except for Senator Ajayi Boroffice from Ondo North senatorial district who is currently on his third term at the Senate.
Boroffice is the Deputy Senate Majority leader ,the highest principal office held by any Ondo Lawmaker in the history of the state.
Reacting at a forum in Akure on Wednesday, Ayorinde said with such method, Ondo state would find it difficult to produce the Speaker of the house of Representatives or other major positions in the legislative arm of government.
Ayorinde said “The issue at the national assembly is a ranking responsibility. It is about rules and order.
You can not be a principal officer as the first timer. You can not even contest to be a speaker as a second timer. Those who have been there will tell you that.
Yakuba Dogara became the speaker in his third term and Gbajabiamila became the speaker the forth term.
But with je ki n je ( chop make I chop) method of politics being played in the state, those voted to represent the state will always be the back benchers.
For as long as those who at your constituency would go for just one term, they will always sit at the back.
The way they arrange seats in the House of Representatives, the fifth timers will be in the front roll, the forth timers will sit behind them, the third timer will sit at the third roll behind the forth timers while the first timers will sit at the back.
So when you raise your hands to talk, the speaker would pick front the front roll, the seniors to talk first. He will later pick from the second roll.
So when your honorable members are sitting at the back and you are not hearing their voices , it means they are very very junior in the House of Representatives.
The question is that when are we going to produce the next Speaker in the House of Representatives ?”