*assured of Police protection
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The embattled Local Government Chairmen in Oyo State sacked last year by Governor Seyi Makinde on Sunday vowed that there is no going back in their plans to resume back into office this Monday.
Operating under the umbrella of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), the Chairmen advised the people of Oyo state not to entertain any fear about their planned resumption of office as the security agencies in the state are up to the task of maintaining law and order across the state and that there are adequate security assurance from the police.
“ALGON wishes to allay the fears or any unnecessary anxiety of NULGE, Oyo State, all local government workers and the good people of Oyo State as the democratically elected chairmen and councilors of local government and council areas return peacefully to their duty posts to perform our constituonal duties to the grassroots in obedience to the electoral mandate of the people of Oyo state.” it said
Oyo ALGON added, “there is no cause for alarm as the police command as directed by the Inspector General of Police and all other security agencies have assured us all of safety of life and property and are fully on ground to forestall any threat to peace by few disgruntled elements who may want to return our dear state to a theatre of violence of yore”,
The association in a statement signed by their Chairman , Prince Ayodeji Abass- Alesinloye assured of their emphasized that on assumption of their full cooperation with Governor Seyi Makinde in moving the state forward, saying, “we once again reiterate our willingness to work with the state government for the progress, peace and stability of our dear state.”
“We assure His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, of our collaboration in providing good governance for the people of our dear state, and state that we have no personal or partisan grudge against him. Together, we shall make Oyo State greater for the benefit of all”,
Oyo ALGON maintained that Institutions and governments are not established to break the law, but to enforce the law as provided by our laws and court decisions, hence the need to allow them back to office.Democracy grows and thrives on the observance of the Rule of Law and popular participation for Peace, Justice and Development to be entrenched in our society.
“ALGON wishes to allay the fears or any unnecessary anxiety of NULGE, Oyo State, all local government workers and the good people of Oyo State as the democratically elected chairmen and councilors of local government and council areas return peacefully to their duty posts to perform our constituonal duties to the grassroots in obedience to the electoral mandate of the people of Oyo state.”
It stressed “this is legitimate after the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, has again called the attention of Oyo State Government and the Inspector General of Police to the subsisting Supreme Court judgment reinforcing Section 7 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and pronounced as illegal and unconstitutional the dissolution of elected local council administration by state governors or state assemblies in Nigeria with no court order to back it up.”
“Indeed,there could not have been any court order in view of the extant locus cladsicus decision of the Supreme Court in GOV,EKITI STATE V OLUBUNMO which settled the issues with finality. The Supreme Court is a court of with national jurisdiction, which also reinforced the Oyo State High Court’s earlier issued perpetual injunction against the Oyo state government forbidding dissolution of elected local government administration.
Oyo ALGON said, “as a peace loving organisation of responsible people and local government administrators, ALGON has taken the path of law to reclaim our mandate freely given by our people at the grassroots before achieving the well deserved victory after long drawn legal and political battles to defend democracy and the rule of law.”.