- The democratically elected local government chairmen in Oyo have rejected their sack by Governor Seyi Makinde of the state
- The chairmen say the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria back democratically elected chairmen
- The chairmen say they will continue to resume to their various offices and continue with their works
The democratically elected local government chairmen in Oyo state have rejected the dissolution of democratically elected local government chairmen by the governor of the state, Seyi Makinde.
The chairmen, under the aegis of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo state chapter, said they would continue to resume to their various offices and continue acting in their capacities as democratically elected chairmen by their constituents.
In a statement signed and read by the ALGON chairman in the state, Honourable Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshiloye, they said they are armed with a court injunction that legalises their election as council chairmen, Nigerian Tribune reports.
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Legit.ng notes that Abass-Aleshiloye said: “Dissolving an elected local government in a democracy? a familiar jackboot statement of the military era is no doubt a sad throwback to those better forgotten years of military dictatorship.
"This is unexpected and quite unfortunate in a democracy setting. The statement came out less than twelve hours after Governor Makinde was sworn – in.”
The statement reads in part: “We, the democratically elected local government chairmen under the umbrella of ALGON Oyo State, reject this unconstitutional act of Mr Governor. It is illegal, undemocratic, violation of rule of law and contempt of a subsisting court injunction against any dissolution of the local government as ordered by Justice A.A. Aderemi of High Court 2, Ibadan, Oyo State, on May 6, 2019.
"The Enrolment of Order was contained in the Suit NO: 1/347/2019. There were recent Supreme Court judgments against such an act of illegality by governors."
The chairmen said they would seek all democratic, constitutional and peaceful means to correct the act of the state government.
The statement added: "Under no law can a state governor make a declaration, proclamation or directive to summarily dissolve elected local government council or any elected organ of governance created by the constitution.”
He said: “We hereby appeal to all the duly elected chairmen of local government and local council development areas, councillors and citizens in these respective councils to remain calm and be peaceful in the face of this provocation and assault on constitutional democracy.
"We count on your maximum solidarity and loyalty in this constitutional right path to save democracy at the grassroots and in Oyo State."
Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on Wednesday, May 29, removed all local government chairmen across the 33 councils and 35 Local Council Development Authorities (LCDAs) with immediate effect.
Makinde, in a statement by his chief of staff, Bisi Ilaka, asked them to handover to the head of local government administration or senior directors in their local government areas and councils.
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