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Sacked Oyo LG Chairmen Threaten To Drag Makinde To Court


IBADAN - The sacked Oyo State chairmen of local government and local council development areas have threatened to drag the Seyi Makinde-led government to court over dissolution and freezing of their accounts.

The council chairmen, under the auspices of the Association of Local Government (ALGON), had hired lawyers to institute contempt charge against the state government for sacking its members as council chairmen.

It would be recalled that the state government had defended the sack of council bosses when it said that the local government election was conducted against court order.

ALGON chairman, Hon Abass Alesinloye, in a statement at the weekend, explained that Seyi Makinde’s administration needs to be enlightened that all court orders and judgements were valid until a higher court upturns them.

He said that the state local government election was not conducted against a Court Order, saying “seek ye the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

“Unlike the concocted lies by Makinde’s Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka, we hereby restate that the local government election conducted during the administration of the ex-governor, Abiola Ajimobi, was never conducted against court order.

According to him, the court order that Chief Ilaka ‘got stranded with’ was vacated on May 10, 2018.

He explained that there was an order of the Federal High Court, Ibadan restraining the OYSEIC, prior to the election, from conducting the said election but the said order was discharged on May 10th, 2018 by Justice Joyce Abdul Malik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan while delivering her judgement on the suit FHC/IB/CS/47/2018 (Olugbenga Adeyemi & Others V INEC, OYSIEC and OYSG) paving ways for the local government election, which was conducted on May 12th, 2018.

While warning the state government not to ridicule the judiciary, the ALGON boss said it was very ridiculous and scary for a top government official of Chief Ilaka’s status to describe a judgment of a competent court that restrained Oyo State government from dissolving a duly elected local government as an ‘arrangee judgement”.

“This government is not competent to so advise, our lawyers are already in court to do the needful and also proceed with a contempt of court case against the state government. All court judgments are valid”, he said.


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