- Oyo chapter of APC has declared that it is never afraid to participate in the rescheduled local government election in the state.
- The party was reacting to the Supreme Court ruling that compelled Governor Seyi Makinde's administration to pay the ex-ALGON chairmen it illegally sacked
- Akin Oke, the APC caretaker chairman in Oyo state and the ex-ALGON chairman, Prince Abass Ayodeji-Aleshinloye, made this known in Ibadan, the state capital
The caretaker chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, Chief Akin Oke, has said that his party is not afraid of participating in the local government election in the state.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that Oke advised the state Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) to postpone the forthcoming local government election in the state.
Oke, who spoke while addressing journalists, noted that the need to postpone the election is necessary in order to accommodate the APC.
OYSIEC had fixed Saturday, May 22, as the date for the conduct of local government election in the 33 local government areas of the state.
Supreme Court had declared the removal of the local government chairmen as null and void declaring it as illegality.
The apex court also urged Governor Makinde to pay all the entitlements including salaries and allowances to all the sacked council bosses between May and August 2021.
"We could not be part of the preparation for that election at the initial stage because we felt the dissolution of democratically elected chairmen and councillors was illegal. Now that we have been vindicated, it is thus right for the government to give a level playing field in order for us to test our popularity.
"We are not afraid of the local government election, it is high time the OYSIEC postpone the election to accommodate us.
The ALGON chairman, Abass-Aleshinloye described the action of the governor to dissolve the elected council officials as executive rascality and illegality.
He said that the former council bosses dedicated the victory to the immediate past governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi.
"It is all about the rule of law. It is about democracy to thrive in the grassroots. Makinde does not have any respect for the rule of law. It is the display of executive rascality. We dedicate this victory to our boss, late Abiola Ajimobi who regrettably is not around today."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Supreme court on Friday, May 7, declared the dissolution of local government councils in Oyo state as illegal.
It was reported that the apex court also declared unlawful the replacement of the council chairmen with caretaker committees.