Chairmen of Local Government and Local Council Development Authorities in Oyo State have rejected the action of Governor Seyi Makinde who gave the order for the dissolution oftheir councils few hours after he was sworn in.
The council bosses under the aegis of ALGON, Oyo State chapter, described the move as “unconstitutional, unwise, unexpected and too hasty for a new government that is yet to find its feet”
A statement by Makinde’s Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka, said the Chairmen have been directed to hand over to their Heads of Local Government Administration (HLA) or most senior directors in their councils. He also annonced that an embargo has been placed on all Local and State Government accounts.
But in a statement signed by the Oyo ALGON chairman, Prince Abass Aleshinloye, ALGON said it “will seek all democratic and constitutional means to correct this illegal act.”
The statement reads:
It has come to the notice of ALGON Oyo State branch that the new governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has purportedly dissolved all democratically elected local government in the state.
This to say the least is UNCONSTITUTIONAL unwise, unexpected and too hasty for a new government that is yet to find its feet.
This illegality was reported in the news media.
ALGON Oyo rejects this unconstitutional act of Mr. Governor. It is illegal and a contempt of a subsisting court injunction against any dissolution of the councils as ordered by Justice A. A. Aderemi of High Court 2, Ibadan, Oyo State., on May 6, 2019.
We wish to appeal to all duly elected local government chairmen, councillors, supervisors and Oyo State citizens in these respective councils to remain calm and be peaceful.
ALGON will seek all democratic and constitutional means to correct this illegal act.
All will be appropriately updated as events unfold.
We count on your solidarity and maximum moral support in this democratic struggle.
Prince Abass – Aleshinloye