- Governor Seyi Makinde has announced his decision to obey the order of the Supreme Court
- The Oyo state governor was directed to pay salaries and allowances of the elected local government officials he sacked
- Recall that the apex court had ruled against the governor's decision to sack the officials, describing his actions as unlawful
The governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde, has agreed to obey the Supreme Court judgement directing him to pay salaries and allowances of sacked local government officials.
Recall that the governor had dissolved the council officials who were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) following his inauguration back in 2019.
The affected parties took the matter to the apex court which ruled that they should be paid all their salaries and allowances from May 2019 to March 2022.
The Punch reports that Makinde made this known on Monday, May 10, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa.
The governor stated that his administration would comply with the awarded cost of N20 million, saying as a believer in the rule of law he has full respect for the judiciary and the Supreme Court.
Makinde maintained the state's commitment to paying off the dissolved chairmen and councillors, New Telegraph added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had 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.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), had intervened and declared Governor Makinde’s action as unconstitutional.
In a related development, the caretaker chairman of All Progressives Congress in Oyo, 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.