Crisis is at present looming in some components of Oyo State over the order by the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter that the sacked council bosses ought to resume their workplaces tomorrow (Wednesday).
DAILY POST recollects that every one the elected council chairmen who have been elected in the course of the administration of the rapid previous Governor of the state, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi, have been sacked by the incumbent Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde.
It was gathered that Makinde had forwarded checklist of caretaker committee members in all of the 33 native authorities areas and directors for the 35 native council growth areas to the state House of Assembly for screening.
But, Chairman of ALGON, Mr. Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, has directed all of the Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen, councillors and all political appointees who have been elected over the last administration within the state to renew of their respective workplaces tomorrow.
He added that the directive is in compliance with the judgement of Oyo State High Court dated the sixth May, 2018 and the subsisting judgement of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, which assured the tenure of workplace of democratically elected native authorities councils.
Abass-Aleshinloye within the assertion stated, “All the democratically elected Executive Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen, Councillors and the political appointees are hereby directed to renew again to their respective Councils tomorrow, the 18th Dec, 2019.
“This directive is in compliance with the Judgement of Oyo State High Court dated the sixth May, 2018 and the subsisting judgement of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, which assured the tenure of workplace of democratically elected native authorities councils. We should defend the rule of legislation from been desecrated. ALGON Oyo State’s Response to Gov. Seyi Makinde’s illegitimate Proposed Inauguration of Local Government Caretaker Committees in Oyo State.
“Despite his assurance lower than 72 hours in the past, that he wouldn’t disobey Supreme Court judgements on the illegality in Nigeria of any Caretaker Committee, a contraption unknown to legislation, Governor Makinde has lastly eaten his phrases and dignity to breach the structure and flout the judgements of the best courtroom within the land by organising Caretaker Committees and Sole Administrators in all of the native authorities councils and council growth areas within the state.
“It is now clear that Governor Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of Oyo state, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo have declared warfare on our structure, and drawn a battle line with the Supreme Court and the Judiciary as a complete by disregarding all of the Judgements of the Supreme Court, and the Oyo State High Court which declared Caretaker Chairmen over Local Governments an illegality to our Constitution, and forbade the Governor from eradicating Elected Local Government Chairmen by way of unconstitutional dissolution of councils.
“Inspite of the a number of judgments of the Supreme Court in 2 lately determined circumstances declaring Caretaker Chairmen ilegal and barred such motion regardless of the judgment of Hon. Justice A.A. Aderemi of the Oyo State High Court restraining the removing of Elected Local Government Chairmen, injunction perpetually restraining the Governor of Oyo state from appointing Caretaker Chairmen over native governments in Oyo State and voiding the unconstitutional apply within the state, the Oyo State House of Assembly yesterday at a secret session held 6pm on the House chamber hurriedly performed the screening of 68 nominees forwarded by the Governor to the House for appointment as Caretaker Chairmen over the LGs and LCDAs in Oyo state.
“This was in defiance of direct warning letters issued by Lead Counsel to ALGON, Oyo state, and the elected Local Government Chairmen validly elected in May 2018, Adekunle Sobaloju Esq, which have been served on the Attorney General, a professor of legislation from University of Lagos, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo, in addition to on the Speaker of the home of Assembly, and on Governor Makinde. The Government of Oyo state is now working on blatant unconstitutional over-drive, despising direct courtroom pronouncements, even from the apex courtroom. All interventions by properly which means individuals and establishments to make the federal government see cause that its actions are usually not solely unlawful however calculated to precipitate bother in our state have been rebuffed.
“This atrocious step in illegality was hurriedly taken by the governor regardless of a perpetual order/judgement of an Oyo State High Court forbidden the dissolution of the present democratically elected native authorities administration within the state which enchantment by the Oyo State authorities continues to be pending. Mr. Governor’s try to appoint individuals to invade the council secretariats within the state and occupy positions that aren’t vacant by legislation is disaster ridden and a hidden agenda to trigger violence in our state and disrupt the present peace he inherited. This Invasion by Makinde’s unelected invaders and pretenders to workplace might be stopped and have to be resisted by all democratic and peaceable means obligatory.
“In line with our (ALGON, Oyo State) decision to defend democracy and the mandate freely and pretty given to us by the citizens, all Chairmen, Councilors, Supervisors are hereby directed to renew tomorrow, Wednesday, 18th December, 2019 at their obligation posts in Local Government and Local Government Development Areas Secretariats by 8:00 am.
We shall resume and defend democracy and rule of legislation peacefully.
“We advise the Local authorities staff together with HLAs, DAGs, DFAs, and different Council staff to not permit the unlawful caretaker appointees or the state authorities to implicate them within the unlawful administration and operations plotted for our native councils. We urge you to not permit yourselves for use by these political usurpers to spend by proxy, statutory funds of councils which our legal guidelines, and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) have forbidden caretakers from accessing.
“A Monitoring committee will be on ground to enhance coordination and effective engagement for the next one month. Thank you the good and democracy loving people of Oyo State for your continuous support and understanding. Together, we shall defend democracy, rule of law, popular participation and good governance in our pacesetter state. Thank you.”