Following the suspension of the chairman of Ogbomoso North Local Goverment Area, Hon. Olamiju Alao-Akala, for alleged gross misconduct, four councillors have passed a vote of confidence on him.
Newspeakonline had reported the suspension of Olamiju following a legislative resolution signed by four councillors. The suspension came after his defection on Thursday, February 14, from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Action Democratic Party(ADP), where his father and former governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala is contesting the governorship seat.
But hours after the news broke, four councillors led by Oladele Sunday Abiodun, who claimed to be the leader of the legislative council, passed a vote of confidence on Olamiju. They also passed a vote of no confidence on Olamiju’s deputy, Hon. Abass Bello Bayewuwon and the deputy leader, Hon. Adebowale Oyejoke Oladunmomi for breaching the laws of the local government.
Meanwhile, the embattled chairman has described his purported suspension by four out of the 10 elected councillors as illegal and unconstitutional.
Olamiju in a statement released on Tuesday evening and personally signed by him stated that “the legislative councils of local government areas in the state are yet to be inaugurated since our elections in May 2018; therefore, the meeting where my purported suspension was agreed was unconstitutional.”
According to Olamiju, “only a validly inaugurated legislative arm of the local government council can deliberate and recommend suspension and/or removal of an executive Chairman to the the State House of Assembly for a final decision. Unfortunately for the four councillors-elect, they are yet to be inaugurated neither do their number constitute the required quorum (two-thirds of the councillors-elect) in the circumstances.”
He urged the “councillors-elect” to exercise some patience until their inauguration and also advise them not to throw the town into chaos.