NASS Anniversary: Constituents Knock Lanre Edun Over Poor Performance, Bad Representation At Assembly - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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NASS Anniversary: Constituents Knock Lanre Edun Over Poor Performance, Bad Representation At Assembly

Hon. Lanre Edun
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - It was a tale of woes for constituents of Hon. Lanre Edun, member representing Abeokuta South Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives in the last one year. 

According to the people, the lawmaker was a failure at the National Assembly in the last one year as he has made no meaningful impact in the constituency. 

They claimed that, since Hon. Edun was elected in March last year, he had absconded the federal constituency without recourse to yearnings of the people for developmental projects in the constituency. 

Abeokuta South Federal Constituency remains the only federal constituency in Nigeria with one local government comprising of 16 wards. 

Some of those who spoke with THE ENCOUNTER NEWS equally condemned his lack of contributions on the floor of the Green Chamber in the last one year.

According to them, Lanre Edun has no meaningful impact on the lives of his constituents and has not sponsored any bill that has direct impact on their welfare and social needs. 

They claimed that, the only bills presented in the last 12 months by the federal lawmaker was a Bill on the Establishment of Poverty Alleviation and Eradication Commission of Nigeria and The Chartered Quality Institute of Nigeria, which, according to them, do not define the current challenges confronting them in the constituency.

THE ENCOUNTER NEWS recall that, his emergence as the party candidate was greeted with much controversies and bad blood from party faithful as many APC leaders in the state rooted for Hon. Afolabi Moruf Afolabi, also known as Afoo, as their candidate for the premier federal constituency. But no thanks to former governor Ibikunle Amosun who lord the underperforming lawmaker on the party members, a development which did not augur well with members of his constituency.

A member of his constituency said: “Truly, the hope and expectations of all residents of Abeokuta South Federal Constituency was very high, there was the need for a drastic change in the trend of representation in the constituency after wasteful eight years by Hon. Segun Williams.

“People clamoured for a new dimension of representation; where all residents would be carried along with happenings at the Green Chamber; where the MHR will not just stay put in FCT, forgetting his people and constituency at home and come back only when the next election is fast approaching.

“But the hope of the people were dashed when the then governor insisted on fielding Hon. Edun as his candidate. But Lanre Edun has disappointed the confidence reposed in him by his political master. He has become inaccessible and has abandoned his people especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Edun was no where to be found. "

To Kehinde Muniru, Hon. Edun was a mistake and accidental lawmaker.

According to Muniru, a member of APC in Ward 14 Onikolobo, Hon. Edun was a lawmaker in diaspora who turned Abuja to his new abode. 

He said many requests lodged at his Kemta-Itoku constituency office for community development projects such as street light, borehole, facilitation of good road network, renovation of community primary schools, scholarships, and empowerment were never given priority or consideration. 

On the plight of pensioners, Chief Lekan Bankole said the sufferings of pensioners were worrisome, stating that during the electioneering campaign, Hon. Edun assured them that he would legislate on a bill that would ensure that pension payments are not delayed any longer.

The pensioner lamented that, shortly after the election, they have written letters to the lawmaker to grant them audience in order to remind him of his promise as their plight continues to worsen.

However, members of his constituency have vowed to repay the federal legislator in his own coin as the 2023 National Assembly election will take a new dimension for would-be member, representing Abeokuta South Federal Constituency. 

Although some of the people said that the federal lawmaker has opportunity to retrace his footsteps and make amends before it's too late.

One of them was of the opinion that all the legislator needs doing is visit his constituents and have meetings with them with a view to collating their challenges and fashion out the ways to solving them.

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