- The local government chairmen sacked by Governor Makinde has finally secured victory in court
- Governor Makinde had sacked them shortly after assuming office and replaced them with caretaker chairmen
- The apex court has, however, ruled against the governor, describing his actions as unlawful
The apex court also declared unlawful the replacement of the council chairmen with caretaker committees, The Cable also reported.
Recall that the governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, had in 2019 sacked all the local government chairpersons in the state and appointed caretaker chairmen.
The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state and the opposition party kicked against the governor's move but he refused to rescind his decision, leaving the affected chairmen no option other than to approach the court.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), also intervened and declared Governor Makinde’s action as unconstitutional.
Two months ago, Makinde dissolved the council caretaker committees following the expiration of their tenure.
The governor had asked heads of local council administration to take over pending the assumption of elected officials.
Reacting to the development on Twitter, Sunday Dare, the minister of youth and sports development, congratulated the sacked chairmen, adding that they will receive full salaries and allowances.
He also noted that the apex court's judgement has set a new precedent.
"Oyo ALGON : Today’s Supreme Court Judgement is landmark. It set a new preceedent. Supreme Court was unsparing and unequivocal in its judgement. Congratulations to all dissolved Council Chairmen and Councillors. Will receive full salaries and allowances."
In other news, Governor Makinde has sacked Professor Michael Ologunde, the vice-chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso.
His sack was reportedly communicated in a letter through the commissioner for education, science, and technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye.
Professor Ologunde was consequently directed to hand over forthwith to the next principal officer in rank in order to ensure uninterrupted flow of normal activities of the institution.