Ogun state lawmakers consider bill to stop traditional rulers attending political rallies

The Ogun State House of Assembly said it is considering a bill to stop traditional rulers attending political rallies, noting that this will restore the dent image of the traditional institution which is already battered.

Penpushing reports that, Speaker of the Assembly, Rt.Hon Kunle Oluomo made this known while declaring open the public hearing on a proposed bill on traditional councils, pointing out that it is shameful seeing royal fathers attending rallies with politicians.

The Speaker on the bill titled, ‘Obas, Chiefs, Council of Obas and Traditional Council Law of Ogun State Bill, 2021’, declared that, henceforth any politician who needs the support of a monarch needs to make such request by going to the palace.

Penpushing further reports that Oluomo, expressed disappointment that the traditional institution has been abused by many politicians seeking  elective positions, as well as some traditional rulers themselves,

“They now turn our king to politicians; when they want to do a campaign, it is a must a king follow them which is not proper. You will see some kings in Ogun state following a governor to rallies; they will be following the governor to anywhere he is going’, he noted .

“We call them kings and a king must be at his palace. When the governor or president wants to campaign, they should go and meet them at their palaces. These are part of the things we are trying to correct’

‘And if you look at the number of petitions before the House and litigations going on in the various courts of law in the State, over 70% of such court cases are based on Obaship issues because of the lacuna and errors of application of the existing traditional council laws”,Oluomo added

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