Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is considering appointing caretaker committees to oversee the 33 Local Government Areas in the state, a source within the government has revealed.
This comes as reports have it that that the government and some traditional rulers are inching closer to resolving the legal tussle they have been embroiled in over the recent creation of 24 new Local Council Develeopment Areas (LCDAs) in addition to the existing 33 LGAs.
The governor is said to be taking the decision pending the resolution of the legal crisis.
The legal crisis led to the suspension of Local Government elections that had been fixed for February 11, 2017. The election was to hold in the 33 LGAs as well as in the 24 new LCDAs
It would be recalled that some traditional rulers in the state went to court to obtain an injunction restraining the government from conducting the election pending the determination of their case at a Federal High Court, Abuja.
They are seeking a re-delineation of the new LCDAs which pushed the number of local governments in the state from 33 to 57. They argued that their villages were ceded to councils different from their original local governments thereby limiting their ability to control their domains for peace, progress and prosperity.
However, at a court hearing last week, the government and the village heads announced their intention to settle the case out of court.
According to the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Oluseun Abimbola, the parties involved the case have been holding several discussions on the case, stressing that so far, the discussions are positive and ongoing.
He said the court gave the parties up till May to come back and update it on their resolutions.