By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The sacked Local Government Chairmen in Oyo State on Tuesday alleged that the state government has withdrawn from the on going moves at resolving the prolonged crisis rocking local government administration in the state.
Raising the alarm under the auspices of Association of Local Government of Nigeria , (ALGON ), the sacked Chairmen accused the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration of frustrating the peace move .
The sacked Local Government Chairmen in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan maintained, signed by the Oyo ALGON Chairman , Prince Ayodeji Abass- Alesinloye, that ” the Government that proposed an amicable settlement treated same with levity and shenanigans and postponed the meeting to the 10th February, 2020 to enable the Government take a position.”
According to the statement, “but to our disappointment, the State Government made a U-TURN through their representatives and told the ALGON’s team that the Governor was not willing to go on with the said negotiation again without proposing anything to the ALGON.”.
“Sequel to the invitation by the Oyo State Government to the ALGON, Oyo State Chapter, for amicable resolution of the present political impasse in the State, ALGON representatives met with the Governor’s team on the 8th February, 2020, to find a common ground in resolving the political imbroglio in the State (ALGON had gone with a prepared position paper).
It added, the union “demonstrated willingness in the interest of the good people of Oyo State and to release the grassroots from the cul de sac that the present administration in Oyo State has plunged the state into in the last nine (9) months by submitting its proposal to the Government’s team who was at the meeting surprisingly without a position.”
The union stressed “to put the record straight, ALGON demands basically the restoration of all the elected Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen and Councilors back to their respective Councils in line with the provision of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, which guarantees their tenure.ALGON also assured His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde of total supports in moving Oyo State forward but the Governor rejected the ALGON requests and hands of fellowship extended to him by ALGON.”
“It is now clear that the State Government does not want peaceful resolution of the issue in Oyo State but rather playing the ostrich. Even while the purported negotiation aborted by the State Government lasted for a short period, all the Illegal Caretaker Chairmen embarked on looting the public funds unabated at the local government with the connivance of some unscrupulous bank officials and few officials of Local Governments to the detriment of the people at the grassroots.”
ALGON wishes to further reiterate its commitment to the peaceful resolution of the current political crisis in Oyo State and also pledge her commitment to join hands with the Governor to move Oyo State forward provided the Governor has a change of mind.”