The Association of Local Government of Nigeria,( ALGON) Oyo State accused the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde of executive rascality and strongly condemned the unlawful dissolution of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC).
ALGON, also described the dissolution as illegal, unconstitutional and arbitrary as the Commission has a statutory five-year tenure which ends in 2021.
Contained in a statement signed by its Chairman, Prince Abass Aleshinloye and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, the action of Governor Seyi Makinde “is yet another faulty and illegal step in the series of lawlessness and executive rascality the government of Oyo state is now known for.”
Aleshinloye described Governor Makinde’s statement that all the entitlement due to the members of the dissolved Commission would be paid in order to absolve the state of any liability as, “laughable and humiliating of the Commission’s members.
“We have become an endangered state with Governor Seyi Makinde’s unending assault on all that is legal and constitutional. We woke up to the announcement of the illegal and reckless act of dissolution of the statutory commissions in Oyo state this week by the Governor. In his ill-conceived attempt to avoid the self-inflicted liability occasioned by his lawless act, he made a promise of ‘Naira rain’ to members of the illegally dissolved commissions as a ‘compensation’ to members of the bodies. Not only is this laughable, humiliating of the distinguished members of these commissions who he has presented as if they are hungry for gain rather than to serve, it is also embarrassing and smacks of poor administrative judgement and disregard for all that is hallowed in any sane clime”, he said.
The ALGON boss further advised the governor against the planned monetization as, “illegalities cannot be monetized and commercialized”, stressing that monetization of lawlessness does not cure its illegality.
He described the action as corruption in its basest form, “morally reprehensible, unconstitutional and cannot stand the test of law.
Prince Aleshinloye was bewildered where the governor would source the money from and described the action as a further “plunder of our commonwealth” in a state he has described as bankrupt. “ Are taxpayers in Oyo state now to bear the brunt of this recklessness? If you pay the commission members their five years wages at once for only two years spent and proceed to appoint new people to the same commissions, what it amounts to is another burden on the citizenry as they will now pay wages and emoluments to two different sets of people within the same term”.
Continuing, ALGON Boss, queried the Governor’s managerial skill as he would be incapable of demanding prudence and probity from workers if he was also laying bad examples.
“If a worker is found collecting two or more person’s salary now, is it different from what Mr Governor is authorizing and doing now? We have had an administration reputed and branded as the, “builder of modern Oyo state” , but it seems Governor Makinde is gaining notoriety as the “initiator of a lawless Oyo state “. It is our prayer that our people will not follow this example . When President Buhari assumed office in 2015, he worked with the INEC, FJSC,NJC, CBN and other commissions duly constituted till their tenures expired. We thought this introduced a new spirit into governance in Nigeria, but clearly our Governor still lives in the unfortunate past.
Aleshinloye, then called on ALGON members, secretaries, councillors and supervisors to ignore the directive to a committee set up earlier to probe the accounts of elected local government administration by the governor. He described the committee as another illegality that is unknown to the Nigerian constitution and an affront on subsisting court judgement.
“By law, a governor cannot probe local government chairmen, just like the president cannot probe a state governor by an adhoc committee. It is only a Governor of illegalities that seeks to dare the hallowed letters of our constitution he swore to uphold. No state Governor in Nigeria has followed this ill-conceived lawless example. Accounts of local government councils are regularly audited by the auditors from the Auditor General’s office and its activities are also regularly monitored accordingly.
“ We therefore join the good people of Oyo state to demand a reversal of such poor and reckless executive decision.”
‘My loyalty remains with Makinde, PDP’ – Ex- Oyo deputy speaker declares
A former Deputy Speaker and the Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission, Rt Hon (Dr) Musah Abdulwasi on Tuesday declared that his loyalty remains with the Governor Seyi Makinde and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Abdulwasi said this while answering questions from journalists in Ibadan, the state capital, concerning the returning of some Unity Forum members to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, some leaders and members of the Unity Forum had returned to the APC recently.
But the Saki-born politician said he had since joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Makinde, adding that his people in Saki West local government have been attending the PDP’s meetings and other events.
Abdulwasi who contested to be a member of the House of Representatives for Saki West, Saki East and Atisbo federal constituency under the platform of the ADC said he’s no more a member of the ADC and he has picked a membership card of the PDP in the state.
“Thank you very much for that question. My loyalty remains with our Governor, His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde. My people in Saki West have been attending the People’s Democratic Party meetings and other events.
“I’m no more a member of the ADC, I don’t know who are those that returned to the All Progressives Congress, APC as you asked. I have nothing to do with the ADC.
“I have picked up my PDP membership card. You know what that means? Engineer Seyi Makinde is my leader and the leader of my people. I’m committed to the success of this administration”, he submitted.
Drop your ambition, let’s focus on rebuilding the party, Oladele tells Oyo APC stakeholders
A former House of Representatives member, Hon. Bosun Oladele has called for genuine reconciliation among APC leaders and members in Oyo state, urging them to drop their ambitions, but to focus on rebuilding and strengthening the party for a more rewarding bargain.
Oladele, who represented Irepo/Olorunsogo/Oorelope federal constituency between 2015 and 2019, in a chat with Mega Icon Magazine shortly after the party’s stakeholders meeting held at Premier Hotel Ibadan, last Thursday said the gathering was an affirmation that the progressives are still one solid indivisible family in the state.
“The gathering is a gathering of all progressives of the APC. All progressives because there is a division in Nigerian political landscape, we have the conservatives and then the progressives. And progressives we know ourselves , we belong to the same family, we belong to the same lineage and we have always belong to the same political school. Right now when we had all progressives congress , the next thing is the people that are progressives true to heart they must always flocks together.
“It takes the deep to call to the deep. Then, this gathering is just an affirmation that today we want to show that we are still one solid indivisible family”, he said.
Speaking further, the former Commissioner for Information added, “When we say we are coming back, if you check the political history of Oyo state since 1999, some of us never went anywhere, we have been on the same line right from AD to AC, to ACN to APC. And the people that are coming back , they have also been on that channel but for one reason or the other in terms of disagreement, they left, but now they are back to the house.
“We built this house together from foundation, so they should come and take their rightful place in the house and we are preaching to everybody drop any form of ambition now , let us build the house , before we can share the rooms”, he urged.
Oyo 2019 governorship elections, a failed project for Adelabu?
It is no news that the horse race to Agodi Government House in Oyo State has come and gone, electorates have decided, while every political gladiators are nursing their wounds.
Today, Governor Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde (GSM) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the landlord of the Agodi Government House for the next three (3) years, and his party members, presently control the Oyo State House Of Assembly with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Action Democratic Party, (ADP) forming the opposition.
Interestingly, the residents of the state in their numbers were busy accessing the performance of Governor Seyi Makinde in the last 12 months based on the pyramid of success ladder, while some were still in euphoria rejoicing at cooling spots to celebrate his victory.
With the help of the coalition arrangement midwived by a former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, the beneficiary of the arrangement, Engr. Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 515, 621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Oloye Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who secured 357,982 votes.
Meanwhile, the three governorship candidates that sacrificed their ambitions for Govrrnor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are Senator Olufemi Lanlehin of Action Democratic Congress (ADC), Barrister Sharafadeen Alli of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) . These political gladiators in the state aimed at forming a government of national unity; unfortunately, the agreement was breached and the coalition went sour.
With this revelation, did Adebayo Adelabu feels that he had failed? The answer is NO, according to political pundits. As a new entrant into politics, his performance at the poll was commendable and it beams ray of hope of a better political future ;if some measures are put in place.
Our investigations revealed that the progressive party in Oyo state, even when the late governor and the leader of the progressives, Alhaji Onaolapo Lamidi Adesina led the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, the party’s guber nominee, late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi defeated the then incumbent governor, Otunba Alao Akala of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by securing 420, 852 against 387, 132.
In a related development, in 2015, late Abiola Ajimobi became the ‘Koseleri of Oyo state’ under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by breaking the second term jinx. He polled 327,310, to defeat his brother, former governor Ladoja of the Accord Party scored 254,520 and others.
Considering these figures, it is obvious that Oloye Adebayo Adelabu performed extremely well in the last election, a feat he achieved through members of the progressives in the state who supported his ambition. This political calculation and permutation signify that the Obafemi Awolowo University trained accountant appeared to have an edge, but needs to improve on his relationship skills as a prominent political figure in the state.
According to the pundits, Adelabu must work on the politics of the ‘Gate Keepers ‘ and that of the Critical Success Factor’ (CSF) to accomplish his political ambition.
Oyo state housed Muslims, Christians and traditional worshipers, thus the need for proper religious identity in regards of governorship election.
People believed that Oloye Bayo Adelabu was a converted Christian, until the ‘sudden’ addition of ‘Abdulwaheed’ to his name.
The Muslims in the state observed that being a Muslim transcends mere name bearing. They insisted the community would be more pleased if Adelabu can take further practical steps to prove that he is really a Muslim.
No doubt, Adelabu is stylish, intelligent, strategic and has brilliant ideas toward Oyo state development, but needs to intensify efforts on these grey areas. By 2023, it is predicted that the party’s primary would be an interesting one as political juggernauts in the state surreptitiously expressed interests.
However, only time will tell.
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