By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, (ALGON), Prince Ayodeji Abass- Aleshinloye on Thursday said the association will fight the “serial illegalities” by Governor Seyi Makinde on the sack of Local Government/ Local Council Development Areas Chairmen to the logical conclusion.
Prince Abass Alesinloye disclosed this in his address at the Oyo ALGON Get Together and Review of the Year 2019 activities held at Oyo ALGON House, Ibadan.
According to the ALGON Chairman, the sacked LGs/LCDAs Chairmen in Oyo state are determined to legally fight the governor and his government to submission over their “illegal” dissolution, saying, despite all the legal moves by ALGON, Governor Makinde is still acting “illegally and contrary to democratic norms”.
“We want to thank you all for your attention and support for the cause of Justice. We are hopeful that together we shall fight this illegality to logical conclusion. Up till now, Governor Makinde and his government have continued to act illegally and contrary to democratic norms,” he said.
The Oyo ALGON Chairman added, “we reiterate that we shall not fail to continue to fight this illegality prone, unjust and deceptive administration until Governor Makinde submits to, and obeys our constitution, court judgements and the rule of law, the continuing despise of which is an impeachable offence against him”.
“Importantly, we consider this gathering imperative purposely to appreciate the good efforts of everybody who are democracy lovers and to appraise our activities in the year 2019, all in a legitimate bid to reclaim our mandate and also to tell you what we do to defend the rule of law we all sworn to uphold as it is enshrined in the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, as far as the issue of Local Government Administration is concerned.”
According to Prince Abass- Aleshinloye, the dissolution of the Local Government/ Local Council Development Areas by the ” then yet to be sworn in Chief of Staff” to Gov Makinde ,Chief Oyebisi Ilaka on May, 29,2019 was illegal, adding, “the order which we never and we will never comply with because it was illegal and unconstitutional”.
“You will recall that shortly after the inauguration of Engr. Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State on the 29th May, 2019, he announced through his then yet to be sworn-in Chief of Staff then, Chief Bisi Ilaka the dissolution of the democratically elected Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs. It will be recalled that we came into office through elections which were conducted during the regime of Senator Abiola Ajimobi. By Chief Ilaka’s illegal declaration, we were directed to handover to our respective Heads of Local Government Administration, HLAs or the most senior Directors in our Local Government Areas and Councils. The order which we never and we will never comply with because it was illegal and unconstitutional.”
The ALGON Chairman maintained that the “continuous disregard of the Supreme Court judgment and High Court judgment that forbid dissolution of democratically elected Local Government functionaries by the Governor shows clearly a flagrant disobedience and abuse of rule of law by the government led by Engr Seyi Makinde”, saying”as if that were not enough, the Governor in his usual characteristics, displayed yet another contempt to highest court of the land with the swearing in of the outlawed caretaker committee to forcefully take over our seats that were not vacant by law”.
“With this and other related reasons, we want to reiterate our stand and position by continuously saying NO and reject these serial illegalities in its entirety which we consider as a crude assault on our democracy and a rape of our constitution especially when the appeal filed by the state government against the High Court judgement is yet to be determined”.
Oyo state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Akin Oke whole led other APC leaders to the get together commended journalists in Oyo state for their unbais coverage of the sacked ALGON members in their legal battle to regain their seats.