We will use our three years in office – Oyo Algon

The sacked local government chairmen and councillors in Oyo State on Monday insisted that they had resumed in their various offices.

Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Chairman in the state, made the claim in Ibadan amidst conflicting reports from the Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while there were reported cases of forced resumption in some council areas the sit-at-home directive of ALGON to its members had prevented others from accessing their offices.

But Abass-Aleshinloye insisted that the resumption in office of the council executives after an eight-month protracted faceoff with the state government was in compliance with a Supreme Court judgment.

He said: “The same thing happened in Ekiti. The governor of Ekiti reinstated these people and allowed them to complete their tenure and they finished.

“The same thing happened in Ogun. In Ogun State, they finished their tenure in December. The man allowed them to finish their tenure. Why will our own be different?

“We have our tenure to expire next year and after the expiration of our tenure, you still have about two years to conduct election. If it happens to him as governor; I, as a person will come out and fight for him.

“We are fully back in office. The days of impunity in this country are over.”

The ALGON chairman, who had earlier resumed in his office, claimed that majority of their members had resumed at their offices except the few cases where some of them were locked out.

NAN recalls that Gov. Seyi Makinde had on assumption of office in May 2019 sacked the elected local government chairmen and councillors who had just concluded a year of their three-year tenure.

NAN reports that Mr Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, had in a letter forwarded to the state’s Attorney General recently demanded the reinstatement of the sacked local government executives.

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