Friday, November 26, 2021

The Oyo State chapter of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) today described as undemocratic and unconstitutional the plan by Governor Seyi Makinde-led government to impose a new set of caretaker chairmen and sole administrators as the heads of the 33 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the State.

SPN in a statement signed by its Secretary, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun described the attempt as not only tantamount to a replacement of illegality with impunity but will also mean continuation of illegality by the Seyi Makinde-led Government.

Lagelu Voice recalls that Makinde through his Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka had insisted that he has concluded plans to appoint Chairmen in all the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs.

But, SPN while reacting, demands immediate free, fair, transparent and democratically-organized elections into the 33 Local Councils recognized by the constitution.

The party in the statement made available to DAILY POST in Ibadan, the state capital by its Secretary, Ayodeji Adigun also demand full independence and autonomy for Local governments including direct control of their funds and federal allocations without any undue interference by the State government through State and Local Government Joint Accounts or any other fraudulent device.

The party also faulted the way and manner to which Makinde dissolved the local government chairmen elected under the administration of Mr. Abiola Ajimobi, the immediate past Governor of the state.

Adigun said, “This attempt will not only be tantamount to a replacement of illegality with impunity but will also mean continuation of illegality by the Seyi Makinde-led Government.

“The SPN hereby demands immediate free, fair, transparent and democratically-organized elections”.

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