The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria(ALGON) in Oyo State, on Thursday said it supports the newly created Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun.
The body stated this at a New Year get-together and 2019 activities review organized at its secretariat in Iyaganku GRA, Ibadan.
Oyo ALGON said it supports any move to address meaningfully the security of life and property, adding that this is the fundamental objective and duty of government at all levels.
The ALGON chairman in the state, Prince Ayodeji Abass- Aleshinloye, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues said without security there cannot be governance or development.
“We however wish to appeal to South West governors to subject the operation of Amotekun to democratic control and management of communities and local government authorities as elected representatives if the grassroots for Amotekun not to be abused and misused,” he said.
The ALGON boss urged the South West governors to look at all genuine complains and suggestions to make the security outfit generally acceptable in order to achieve its set goal of providing complementary security to all.
“ALGON Oyo State will soon set up a technical committee to study the situation and make recommendations to the governors on it,” Abass-Aleshinloye added.
Speaking on the ongoing face off between the Chairmen the the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, over the dissolution of the local government and local council development area executives, Abass-Aleshinloye said the group considered the steps taking by the governor as illegal, undemocratic, a violation of the rule of law and contempt of a subsisting court injunction.
ALGON said the continuous disregard of the Supreme Court and High Court judgements that forbid dissolution of democratically elected local government functionaries by the governor shows clearly a flagrant disobedience and abuse of rule of law.
“It pleases the government of the day to brandish rule of law, but only as a shield of disobedience, while the governor himself wields the sword of a despot in despise of the very constitution he swore to uphold. Many states who took Governor Makinde’s initial route of disobedience have since corrected themselves and returned elected council chairmen to office.
“We are equally aware that recently, the Attorney General of the Federation has issued an advisory directive to the Attorneys General of all the 36 states, requesting they all comply with the decision of the Supreme Court outlawing illegal dissolution of local councils and which set aside caretaker appointments over local councils,” ALGON said.
The chairmen vowed to continue to fight until the Makinde-led administration “obeys the constitution, court judgements and the rule of law.”
Speaking at the event, the Minority Leader, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Asimiyu Alarape, said no party in the state can parade APC’s quality of membership, adding that the quality of work done by Sen. Abiola Ajimobi’s administration in eight years, the Makinde government cannot match it.
“We must come together and make ourselves one. We decided not to be a part of the screening when they screened their caretaker chairmen because if you pursue a contempt of court, we wont be part of it.
” They do not understand politics because if they do, they would have harvested this crop of fine chairmen, ” Alarape added.