By; BAYO AKAMO. Ibadan
An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on Tuesday fixed July 30 for further hearing of a suit filed by the Local Governments and Local Community Development Authorities (LCDAs) to restrain Governor Seyi Makinde from sacking them from office.
The lead Counsel to the Oyo state Governor, Barrister Adeniyi Farinto told the court that the Counsel to the Local Government Association refused to take an application filed by the respondent.
But the Counsel to the Oyo State chapter of the Association of Local Government Chairman of Nigeria (ALGON), Barrister Kunle Sobaloju in his response said the charge was to commit the judgement respondent, (Governor Makinde) to prison for disobeying a valid and subsisting judgement of the court which had earlier pronounced that the governor did not have power to remove the Local Government Chairmen.
Barrister Sobaloju maintained that what the government did by dissolving the Local government Chairmen which was absolute disregard of court order because at the time the governor took the action, there was no notice of application against the judgement that favoured the LG boss, and the judgement has not been appealed and it has not been set aside by the court.
According to Barrister Sobaloju.whatever Governor Seyi Makinde did before May 29, against the judgement giving by Justice Aderonke Aderemi is non and void and it is capable to be set aside.
“The status co was that all the chairman of the 33 Local Government and 35 Local Council Development Area still remains the executive Chairman of their respective Local Governments”, adding that all the Local Government Chairmrn were democratically elected by the people the same way the governor was elected so the governor can not single handedly removed the council boss. saying, the Local Government boss will fight the case until they get justice..
Justice Ladiran Akintola while adjourning the case till July, 30 said the new adjournment date was picked with the consent of the two councell notwitstanding the annual vacation of the court and subject to the convinience of the law court.