Makinde de­fends in­au­gu­ra­tion of care­taker com­mit­tees

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Gov­er­nor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Fri­day de­fended his re­cent in­au­gu­ra­tion of care­taker com­mit­tees in the 33 lo­cal gov­ern­ments and 35 lo­cal coun­cil devel­op­ment ar­eas.

Makinde de­fended his ac­tion in a state­ment signed by his Chief Press Sec­re­tary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, in Ibadan.

The gov­er­nor’s re­ac­tion fol­lowed an al­le­ga­tion by the for­mer coun­cil chair­men in the state un­der the aegis of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments of Nige­ria that he dis­obeyed a court by in­au­gu­rat­ing the com­mit­tees.

Re­call that the 33 coun­cil chair­men elected on the plat­form of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress on May 6, 2019, got a court in­junc­tion re­strain­ing the state gov­ern­ment and its agents from sack­ing them.

How­ever, the Makindeled Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party ad­min­is­tra­tion after its in­au­gu­ra­tion on May 29, 2019, dis­solved the lo­cal gov­ern­ments, cit­ing il­le­gal­ity in the coun­cil elec­tion that brought in the chair­men.

Ac­cord­ing to Makinde in the state­ment, his ac­tion did not amount to a vi­o­la­tion of any court order by the state gov­ern­ment.

The state­ment, how­ever, chal­lenged ALGON to seek re­dress in the law court if it felt ag­grieved.

It said, “As far as the ad­min­is­tra­tion is con­cerned, the il­le­gal ALGON has gone to the winds be­cause it has been dis­solved right away and that is the treat­ment that it de­serves.

“So, there is no vi­o­la­tion of any court order by the gov­ern­ment of the day in con­sti­tut­ing the coun­cils as they are presently put in place,” it said.

It fur­ther said the mat­ter ALGON took to court “looks like a slap on the face of the ju­di­ciary be­cause the elec­tion that brought the chair­men into the of­fice was con­ducted in con­tra­ven­tion of a court order.”

He added, “Con­cern­ing the sacked lo­cal gov­ern­ment chair­men, the gov­ern­ment has looked at ev­ery as­pect of the case they claimed to be in court.

“There is no re­strain­ing order on the gov­ern­ment of Oyo State to run the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, de­spite the fact that there is a case pend­ing in court.

“A case that is pend­ing in court will be de­ter­mined by the court one day and what­ever the court says the gov­ern­ment will con­tend with and fol­low the dic­tates of the court.”

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