- Governor Seyi Makinde has dared ALGON members in Oyo state to go to court if they are unsatisfied with his recent decision
- The governor had sacked the former chairmen and inaugurated new caretaker chairmen
- Governor Makinde stated that the current caretaker chairmen were constituted in accordance with laws of the state house of assembly
Governor Seyi Makinde has asked the sacked local government chairmen of Oyo state to take their agitations over the appointment of caretaker chairmen to court.
There has been a massive outcry by the Association of Local Governments of Nigerian (ALGON), Oyo state chapter, over their sacking and inauguration of new caretaker chairmen by the governor.
Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, ALGON boss in the state, had lamented the dissolution of the local government councils by Makinde government and alleged breach of law in the appointment of caretaker chairmen.
Speaking with Nigerian Tribune on Thursday, January 2 on controversies around the operation of the local government system, Makinde's spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, said no court order was violated in appointing caretaker chairmen.
He said there was no such order restraining the state government from running the local government system.
He explained that the actions of Governor Makinde dissolving the former local government chairmen and appointing caretaker chairmen was in righting the wrong of the immediate past administration.
According to the governor, the Senator Abiola Ajimobi administration erred by violating a court order to conduct the local government election thereby rendering the constitution of ALGON Oyo null and void.
He added that the current caretaker chairmen were constituted in accordance with laws of the state House of Assembly, and would run until the expected local government election holds this year.
His words: “The government has looked at every aspect of that ongoing case. There is no order from the court restraining the government of Oyo state from running the local government system, despite the fact that there is a case pending in court.
“The case pending will be determined by the court one day. When that case is determined, the government will look at whatever the court says, and follow the dictates of the court.
“But, we cannot say that life will come to an end because the matter is in court. We cannot allow the life of the local government to come to an end because some people took the matter to court.
“There is no order of the court that says we cannot run the local government, and the government in place has decided to run the local government in accordance with the laws of the land as passed by the state House of Assembly.”
“If the so-called ALGON led by Aleshinloye believe that any wrong was committed by the state government in putting in place a properly constituted local government in Oyo state, they are free to take another matter to court and let the court hear their complaints,” he added.
Legit.ng reported earlier that ALGON accused the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, of lacking respect for the rule of law.
The association said the governor has since assumption of office failed to demonstrate an iota of respect for the rule of law and courts' declarations.
In an open letter signed by its chairman, Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye and its secretary, Jesutoye Oluyinka, alleged that the governor had serially breached the law which led to an illegal appointment of an unlawful contraption called caretaker chairmen.
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