*says its” illegal, presumptuous, wasteful, unnecessary
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
As the Supreme Court fixed May 7 this year for its judgement on local government Chairmanship tussle in Oyo State, the sacked Local Government Chairmen in the state on Tuesday advised the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, (OYSIEC) to put on hold its planned local government polls schedule for May 15.
The sacked Chairmen under the auspices of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in a statement signed by its Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass- Alesinloye described the planned local government election as ” illegal, presumptuous, wasteful and unnecessary.”
Oyo ALGON in the statement called on political parties in the state not to field candidates in the election and that it was wrong for OYSIEC as a party in the suit before the Supreme court to now be fixing another local government election in Oyo state for May 15 when the Supreme court has already fixed May 7 for the judgment in the suit challenging the sack of the council Chairmen by Governor Makinde.
“We advise political parties and candidates not to invest in OYSIEC electoral market process which will lead to nowhere if ALGON wins at the Supreme Court on May 7, 2021. Don’t be scammed. After May 7 judgement, the political climate will be clear to all and sundry and nobody will be scammed”, it said
According to the sacked Chairmen, “on this point, we call on OYSIEC to stop the process of its planned election, it’s illegal, presumptuous, wasteful and unnecessary”, adding,” a case is in Supreme Court for judgement on May 7 and OYSIEC, which is a party to the case, has gone ahead to fix May 15 to conduct another local government election. What if ALGON wins its case and the Supreme Court restores our mandate with specific pronouncement that the elected local government Chairmen and councilors return to office and spend the remaining two years of their tenure?
“What will become of the huge financial resources running into billions of Naira that OYSIEC would have wasted on pre-election jamboree for an election that may not hold by virtue of the Judgement that may give victory to elected chairmen and councilors? This is very ridiculous, it’s a reflection of lawlessness mindset of political gangsters who have no respect for democracy, democratic process, ethics and peace but only addicted to power without responsibility.”
“The Supreme Court of Nigeria has fixed May 7, 2021 for judgement on the protracted case of illegal dissolution of elected local government administration in Oyo State by Governor Seyi Makinde. The case was instituted by elected local government chairmen and councilors under the umbrella of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, Oyo State against Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde and the State Government. The almost two years old case is to have a final closure on May 7, 2021, when the Supreme Court will rule and give final judgement”.
“While all the parties to the suit are expected to await the judgment for final closure since the Supreme Court judgement is the apex court, it’s surprising to see that Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, OYSIEC, a party to the suit, prompted by Gov. Seyi Makinde, went ahead to publish a timetable for local government elections which it intends to conduct on May 15, 2021, eight days after the expected Supreme Court judgement on May 7.”
ALGON maintained, “as the wise saying goes, a battle is either won or lost, we look forward to a favorable judgment at the Supreme Court since by law and Supreme Court precedent judgments on similar matters, no State Governor or State House of Assembly has the constitutional power to dissolve elected local government administration in Nigeria.