A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo has described the Legislature as the life wire of any democracy.
He made this known on Tuesday in Ilorin at a one-day seminar organised by Gavel Legiconsult for the elected members of the Kwara House of Assembly.
Oyedepo, who is the Chairman of Gavel Legiconsult, said Legislature is the first arm of government in a democracy and not the Executive as it was made to believe.
“In democracy, Legislature is the first arm of government and not the Executive.
“If we are to enjoy good democracy, the Legislature must be up and doing,” he added.
Oyedepo, a lawyer declared that it is only Legislature has the power to punish the President or Governor, adding that the Legislature is the sustenance of democracy.
“Without good Legislature, there cannot be good democracy,” Oyedepo said, adding that because of the enormous power of the legislature, the Executive always try to muzzle it.
“In democracy, no law can be made without the input of the legislature, no President or Governor can spend any money without the approval of the legislature.
“It is the bastion of democracy, if the legislatures know their duty, they can function well,” Oyedepo said.
He however said that because many of the legislatures being elected to serve did not know anything about art of legislation and are ignorant of the power they have.
Oyedepo told the lawmakers-elect that the purpose of the seminar was to equip them for legislation, law making and legal drafting (bills and motions).
“With the experience of a gradually maturing democracy, a vision and mission for its expansion and sustenance and strengthening need be developed; hence the establishment of Gavel Legiconsult.
“The vision of Gavel Legiconsult is to deepen the understanding of the theory, principles and practice of democracy and provide for good democratic governance in Nigeria.
“Gavel has as its mission to take steps that will ensure that Nigeria democratic culture is enhanced through raising politicians of knowledge, value, integrity and character that will provide for quality leadership in Nigeria,” Oyedepo added.
He advised the House of Assembly members-elect to avail themselves with the opportunity offered by Gavel to develop themselves and be well equipped for the task of law making for the state.