Attorney General is the root of Oyo LG tussle – ICF

An Oyo state based social-cultural group, Ijeru Consultative Forum has condemned in strong terms the directive of the Attorney General of the Federation, which they said has been the root of the recent imbroglio between the Oyo State government and the APC led ALGON.

The group in a press release issued on Tuesday made available to Roundoyo said the elected council chairmen should not be purveyors of violence, going about with guns and other dangerous weapons.

The Oyo State-based Socio-cultural group, also described the recent outbursts by the State government and APC led ALGON on the management of local government matters by can only be termed as the compulsive attitude of bad losers whose negative tendencies are completely unproductive.

The group in their reaction to the directive of the Attorney General described the situation in Oyo State as quite different from the situation in Ekiti State, where they said the judgment of the Supreme Court was based on the sacked Chairmen in Ekiti State who were democratically elected into the Local Government Council before they were sacked by the Ekiti State Government while in Oyo State, the so called Chairmen were sole administrators in colouration of being democratically elected in that the Local Government Council were not inaugurated as the Councilors that will constitute the Council were not given certificate of return nor inaugurated by the Chairmen in line with the Local Government Law.

PRESS RELEASE

The people of Oyo State have watched with trepidation the unfolding scenario regarding the administration of local governments in Oyo State since the taking over of the Local Government by the sacked chairmen following the assumed directive of the Attorney of the Federation which rendered the Nigerian Police helpless in face of damage done to government properties across the 33 Local Government in the state.

Assuming without conceding that there is a directive from the Attorney General of the Federation directing the taking over of the Local Government secretariat by the sacked chairmen, the Attorney General has failed to disclose on which premise he issued such directive. It is said from some quarters that the Attorney General based his directive on the judgment of the Supreme Court in relation to the Ekiti State Government. The Attorney General of the Federation cannot premised his directive on the judgment of the Supreme Court without considering the situation in Oyo State and the parties involved in the said judgment and the Oyo State government was not involved in the Judgment even parties cannot resort to self-help in the execution of a court judgment talkless of non-party which is the present situation in Oyo State.

The situation in Oyo State is quite different from the situation in Ekiti State on which the judgment of the Supreme Court is based in that the sacked Chairmen in Ekiti State were democratically elected with Local Government Council before they were sacked by the Ekiti State Government while in Oyo State, the so called Chairmen were sole administrators in colouration of being democratically elected in that the Local Government Council were not inaugurated as the Councilors that will constitute the Council were not given certificate of return nor inaugurated by the Chairmen in line with the Local Government Law.

Furthermore, the date for the Conduct of the said Local government election was announced on May 2, 2018 and a restraining order was issued against the conduct of the said election based on a case NO FHC|13|ES|47|2018 filed by 5 Eleruwa town elders against the OYSIEC, Oyo State Governor and Another. The order was given by Justice J.O Abdulmalik and the case was adjourned till May 28, 2018. Meanwhile on the 12th day of May 2018, the so called local government election was held in Oyo State and the results of the election announced on May 13, 2018 while the chairman were inaugurated. It is on record that up till the end of Senator Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi’s administration no single councilor was inaugurated, meaning that the so called elected chairmen were operating as sole administrators.
There is a version of the story from some quarters that there is a judgment of the Oyo State High Court restraining or preventing the Government of Oyo State from dissolving the Local Government Council while there is another version from the government that the State has appealed against the said judgment and stay the execution of the order contained in the judgment. Regardless of which version of the story might be true, individuals and government are not allowed to resort to self-help in the enforcement of their rights in that if persons and government are allowed to resort to self-help in the enforcement of their rights, it will open a floodgate of confusion in our society and at the end of the day; anarchy.

What is their interest? Is it the love of the people or selfish interest? They should come out and tell us what their achievements were when they sat in the office as sole administrators? They should come out and give the account of their stewardship. What happened to the last allocation they collected? They should come and tell the whole world.

We are not saying we should not operate under the constitution, but what we are saying is that whoever will come to equity must come with a clean hand. The motive of the so-called ALGON in the state is wrong, elected council chairmen should not be purveyors of violence, going about with guns and other dangerous weapons. They should not cause crisis in the state.

In conclusion, the interest of the good people of Oyo State should be paramount in the heart and mind of our politicians be it People Democratic Party, All Progressive Congress or whatever the name and under which umbrella, they operate. I call on the people of Oyo State to raise in support the development of the state and dissuade from acts that will disrupt the peace of the State so that Oyo State will witness a new dawn of development.

Signed:
IJERU CONSULTATIVE FORUM

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