The Association Of Local Government Of Nigeria, (ALGON) Oyo State Chapter has disclosed that it’s members in the state will never complied the directives of Governor Seyi Makinde dissolving elected council officials because it was illegal and unconstitutional.
ALGON through it’s state chairman Prince Ayodeji Abass Alesinloye stated this at the New Year get together and review of year 2019 activities held at ALGON house, Ibadan.
Prince Alesinloye explained that shortly after the inauguration of Engr. Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State on the 29th May, 2019, he announced through his then yet to be sworn-in Chief of Staff then, Chief Bisi Ilaka the dissolution of the democratically elected Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs even though the chairmen and councillors were elected.
“By Chief Ilaka’s illegal declaration, we were directed to handover to our respective Heads of Local Government Administration, HLAs or the most senior Directors in our Local Government Areas and Councils. The order which we never and we will never comply with because it was illegal and unconstitutional.”
“We considered the steps taken by the Governor as illegal, undemocratic, a violation of the rule of law and also contempt of a subsisting court injuction against the purported sacked. In his defense, the State Government said the Local Government election that was conducted by the last dispensation was illegal because it contravened court order.
The government run by Engr. Seyi Makinde has been asked since then to produce and give evidence of the so-called “Court Order” they repeatedly claimed restrained the conduct of local government election organized during the tenure of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, but all this was to no avail. The order only exists in their imagination.”
“I will like to tell you today as ever before, that the continuous disregard of the Supreme Court judgement and High Court judgement that forbid dissolution of democratically elected Local Government functionaries by the Governor shows clearly a flagrant disobedience and abuse of rule of law by the government led by Engr. Seyi Makinde.”
“As if were not enough, the Governor in his usual characteristics, displayed yet another contempt to highest court of the land with the swearing-in of the outlawed caretaker committee to forcefully take over our seats that were not vacant by law.”
The ALGON Boss said with this and other related reasons, the association reiterate her stand and position by continuously saying NO and reject the serial illegalities in its entirety which they consider as a crude assault on democracy and a rape of Nigeria constitution, especially when the appeal filed by the State Government against the High Court judgement is yet to be determined.
He described as shocking the recent inauguration of caretaker chairmen for the councils, not even minding the petition written to Present Muhammadu Buhari , leadership of National Assembly and all well meaning Nigerians by both the ALGON and Oyo State Chapter of APC.
He added that there is never in the history of Nigeria, where a Governor will wield such an enormous power to the extent of holding to ransom the executive offices in all the local government councils for more than six months.
Prince Alesinloye despite his warning to HLAs, DAGs and others, it has come to their knowledge that some local government top officials are conniving to siphon the council’s money,he informed them that all the shady deals are being monitored and well documented accordingly.
“We are equally aware that recently, the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has issued an advisory directive to the Attorneys General of all the 36 states including Oyo state, requesting they all comply with the decision of the Supreme court outlawing illegal dissolution of Local Councils and which set aside caretaker appointments over local councils.
The HAGF by his letter demanded compliance with the Supreme court by a restoration of democratically elected Council Chairmen and Councillors in all councils in the states.
Uptill now Governor Makinde and his government have continued to act illegally and contrary to democratic norms. We reiterate that we shall not fail to continue to fight this illegality prone, unjust and deceptive administration until Governor Makinde submits to, and obeys our constitution, court judgments and the rule of law, the continuing despise of which is an impeachable offence against him.” the statement added.