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Story By Admin, Sunday May 9, 2021

The Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria
(ALGON), Oyo State chapter, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye has disclosed that
they seek judicial redress against Governor Seyi Makinde over the sack of
elected local government chairmen and councilors to strengthening rule of law and ensure that democracy thrive at the grassroots level.

The Supreme Court last Friday nullified Governor Makinde action
describing it as executive recklessness.

The court also directed the governor to pay the sacked officials their total salaries and
entitlements for the remaining two years of their tenure which they were deprived, and additional 10 months salaries as a special penalty for his action.

The apex court also gave the governor till August 7 to implement the
judgement.

The sacked council members were elected in May 2018 for a three-year tenure
which was supposed to lapse in May 2021 but were denied two years in office.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Abass-Aleshinloye said the decision to pursue the case all the way to Supreme Court is not about sitting in
the office for the chairmen, but about laying precedents for democracy at the
grassroots level.
He said:

“The governor’s illegal dissolution of local government runs foul of
section 7 of the 1999 constitution and it undermined the precedent judgements
of the Supreme Court on similar matter in other states which stated
unambiguously that no one including a state governor and state House of Assembly has the power to dissolve elected local government council.

So, it became a puzzle to all discerning Nigerians how Governor Makinde suddenly became so powerful and had the confidence that the Supreme Court would
support his illegal power of life and death of local government.

“Governor Makinde doesn’t have respect for rule of law and democracy.

But now that this battle has come to an end in the court room, we have put the dark part behind us as we look forward to being paid fully all our salaries and
allowances till March 2022 as directed by the highest court in the land.”

Abass-Aleshinloye, who dedicated the Supreme Court victory to the memory of late Governor Abiola Ajimobi, said they will decide at a later date whether to participate in the forthcoming local government election in Oyo State.

Speaking, the Caretaker Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke commended the chairmen for their doggedness and
steadfastness.

“We fought the battle with wisdom,common sense and intellectually. We told them, don’t fight with them but let us engage them legally.

The only regret is
that our leader, Governor Abiola Ajimobi is no longer here to witness this victory,” Oke said.

He said the party will meet with the chairmen and the legal team to determine the next line of action on the local government election and other issues.

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