Fayemi calls for constitutional amendment that allows proportional representation in government

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has called for a constitutional amendment that would allow proportional representation in government, as opposed to the current democratic practice where the winner gets everything.

Fayemi said the current democratic practice of the winner of an election forming a government that 100 percent neglects the candidate who won substantial votes in the election should be examined.

The governor of Ekiti state made this appeal during the inauguration of the 7.2-kilometer-long Idi-Ape-Bashorun-Akobo-Odogbo Barracks link road dualization project and overpass at General Gas, Ibadan, on Thursday.

He said the current ‘majoritarian’ democracy is unfair and that none of the benefits of the government go to the ‘loser’.

Fayemi said: “As I advised my friends in Kenya when I went for their president’s inauguration, I said you can’t win an election with 50.5 percent and tell the person who lost the election by 49.5 percent to to go to hell. It’s not going to work.

“I hope that eventually in our country we will reach a point where those who won 49 percent will also sit at the table in a proportionate way to represent that 49 percent, while the person who won with 50.5 percent also has the majority. represents of the people he got their vote.This majority democracy is not going to work if the winner continues to take all the advantages at the expense of the ’49 percent loser’.

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“I hope our constitution will be amended to represent that 49 percent share.”

Speaking further, Fayemi praised Makinde for not abandoning the path taken by his predecessor, the late Abiola Ajimobi.

He noted that the path will be walked by people from all political parties, noting that politicians should rise above party bias and come together to rally around those on the board.

At the event, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde endorsed N750 million for the rehabilitation of some deplorable back roads in the state’s 33 local government areas.

Makinde said the approval for the Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) is an appreciation for the deplorable condition of the back roads that have been yawning for attention by the state.

He explained that the state is usually torn between disbursing insufficient funds for the payment of salaries and building roads, but usually prioritizes the payment of salaries.

He said the choice to prioritize the payment of salaries had positive effects on the economy, with about N5 billion approved for the payment of salaries at the local government level and about N7 billion at the state government level being paid monthly. was pumped into the state economy.

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On some public views on the relationship between the state and local government, Makinde criticized his government for hijacking the functions of local government.

Instead, he said the state government is cooperating with the local government and helping them carry out their duties.

Makinde said: “We are aware of the state of our roads not only in Ibadan but in the whole state of Oyo and as we have promised, the administration will continue until the last day of the life of this government.

“We are already doing something about those inner-city roads. Earlier this week, we gave Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) the sum of N750 for road repair.
“The plan is to ensure that all local government areas have some of their roads repaired. The local government presidents are here; we work together. It has nothing to do with the autonomy of the local government.

“There is also an issue that keeps coming up in conversations, which is that the state government has hijacked local government functions. We have in no way hijacked local government funds. We only provide the work necessary to assist them in their duties.”
“Sometimes we wonder if we should use the money to pay salaries or build roads, because the money isn’t enough to do both.

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“Here we decided to make that decision easier for our local government areas, we tell them to pay salaries because when those workers bring the salaries to the market to pay artisans, you have a multiplier effect on the economy of the state.

“They pay salaries, but at the state level we help them do other things like waste management, which should be a matter for the local government.

“I’m signing about N5 billion for the local government added to about N7 billion at the state level; that’s N12 billion being pumped into Oyo State’s economy every four weeks.”

In his comments, the head of Peculiar Ultimate Concerns, Mr. Olanrewaju Adeleke, who carried out the overpass bridge project, explained that the project combined with the road will reduce the travel time from more than two hours to about 15 minutes.

The event was attended by various traditional rulers, members of the state cabinet, state assembly and judiciary, community leaders and residents, various candidates, stakeholders and members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and several others.


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