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Oyo: Makinde’s Plan to Appoint Caretaker Chairmen Is Illegal, Unconstitutional – Ajimobi’s Aide

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Prof Olowofela

FORMER  Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Oyo state, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela has said that the planned imposition of caretaker arrangements in the state by Governor Seyi Makinde to forcefully takeover the local government councils from the democratically elected Council Chairmen and Councillors  is illegal and unconstitutional.

The Don, who insisted that Governor Makinde’s declaration is irrelevant, also noted that the Chairmen and Councilors are not creation of the governor but products of law; because they were elected by the people.

Featuring on Fresh FM Ibadan political circuit programme, monitored by Mega Icon Magazine on Saturday, the ex-Council gaffer of Ido Local Government said the  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deliberately refused to participate in the local government election, just as he disclosed that it was the government of Governor Seyi Makinde that went to appeal the existing court ruling that the Governor, House of Assembly cannot discharge the mandate given to the elected Local Government Chairmen.

 

“Why are they in haste? They are already in court. Governor Makinde should allow Appeal Court to determine  the matter. If you had gone to court, the onus is on you for the court to announce a position and is not your own business to say this is how court will rule . The court is not based on sentiments, but to interpret laws.

“The imposition of Caretaker Chairmen cannot work because there is a Supreme Court ruling on the issue of local government now and it said that no Governor or State Assembly can remove any elected Council Chairman, you just want to create a political imbroglio. If your party refused to participate in an election doesn’t make that election invalid. Ab initio, the PDP actually went to court that the local government election should not hold, but the court ruled over . Cases that were in court are all vacated as at today. 

“Why would Seyi Makinde, as an incumbent governor deliberately precipitate crisis, thinking that if you have crisis you can do whatever you like. If you deliberately precipitate crisis you cannot benefit from that crisis because you don’t have the power to remove elected Chairmen. If you commit illegality, it is also illegal to be law abiding, you don’t expect the other party to fold their arms, they will fight it out with the rule of law. Allow the Appeal Court you have gone to, to make a pronouncement. When the court rules, whatever you’re doing will be the product of law and not the product of naked power. We should run away from ‘Jankara Politics’ “, he advised.

Reacting to what he described as illegal dissolution of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Olowofela quoted the Supreme Court decision recently held in Oni & Ors V Governor of Ekiti State & Anor (2019) 5NWLR Part 1664,Pg 1-27 that:

“The tenure of the Governor of a State under the 1999 constitution, as well as that of the legislature is 4 years. However, the constitution grants members of a state independent electoral commission a tenure of 5 years. It ought not to escape attention that the deliberate purpose of the constitution is to create an electoral commission, the lifespan of which exceeds those of both the Governor and the  state legislature. This is done  with the view to create continuity and stability in the electoral process and governance. The same is done in relation to the State Civil service commission, and the State Judicial Service Commission. It is not the intendment of the constitution that the membership of the commissions should change with the fortunes of the political parties in a state.
“This remains the law of our land according  to the Supreme court. It means the proclaimed dissolution of Commissions, including OYSIEC, CSC, JSC,etc, cannot stand”.

Continuing, he recalled that:  “during former Governor Ladoja’s era,  Ladoja had OYSIEC, when Governor Akala came on board , Akala disband the OYSIEC and when Ladoja returned, he also  disband the OYSIEC again created by Akala. This is not respecting the rule of law and led to a lot of court litigations. That was what hindered Governor Ajimobi from conducting Local Government Election on a timely basis.

“We had to wait for the series of court cases to be vacated, but it got to a point where by we had to call all the fielding parties, both the OYSIEC of Akala, OYSIEC of Ladoja and they had to withdraw the case from court when we negotiated with them. They did that one before Ajimobi could now constitute new OYSIEC in 2016. Don’t forget that the OYSIEC has a lifespan of five years , so 2016 plus 5 years will give us 2021which will still be in the lifespan of this present government.

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“If you have the prerogative to appoint, that is law, but it is tenure based. When something is tenure based, then you must allow them to expend the tenure that has been given to them. OYSIEC has five years, in fact court has also ruled over  this matter. The court did not say go and give them their money but for the status quo to remain. If you ‘dash them money’, that’s your headache. They have their own tenure which is five years and they will spend their tenure.  It is even wrong of Governor Seyi Makinde to spend public money anyhow. Anyhow in the sense that, if you have not done any service, why would you be paid?

“The court has ruled over this matter that the OYSIEC has five years tenure to use. That the government is dissolving the OYSIEC won’t hold water. Law didn’t permit arbitrariness, the fact that you have power to hire a Commission doesn’t mean that you can fire that commission, because it is a tenure matter, the tenure must run, that’s the law. This is different from hiring a messenger for a particular job , so you must look critically before you hire, because once you hire, you must allow tenure to lapse. A pronouncement that is coming from the mouth is just a word if it doesn’t have the force and backing of the law”, the APC chieftain concluded.

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Oyo ALGON to Makinde: Accept Our Sympathy, Your Excellency

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The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter has sympathised with the state governor,  Engr. Seyi Makinde, for what it described as the unnecessary stress and avoidable tension the governor and his government have imposed on themselves because of the illegal dissolution of democratically elected local government.

Oyo ALGON further described it as an arbitrary decision which was imposed on the governor  by the few power hustlers who took advantage of his inexperience on governance issues.

The Association in a press statement signed by its Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye in Ibadan on Monday and made available to Mega Icon Magazine said, “Since he didn’t reject the dangerous decision when he wanted to, then he should blame no one but himself for the stress he is going through particularly within the past 72 hours when the reality of our resumption to duty is dawning on the government”.

Reacting to a press  statement issued and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Prince Aleshinloye said the statement is full of furry and panic signifying nothing beyond “his usual lies, blackmail to confuse the peace loving people of Oyo State”.

Aleshinloye in the statement added, “despite our assurance of peace and adequate police protection to all peace loving citizens in our public statement as we resume our legitimate duty, the CPS to the governor has revealed the government’s plan to foment trouble and return the state to the theatre of political violence and thuggery.

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“When a government that has disobeyed court orders and ignored timely advice by police, whose primary duty is law enforcement and peace keeping, promised to unleash “full wrath of law” on lawful people, then the public should suspect and understand that the government is planning to use thugs not the police or any other security agency to impose its “full wrath of law” as it promised.

“Anyway, the police and other law enforcement agencies have assured ALGON and the general public that trouble makers will not be allowed to perpetuate their violent acts.

“Justice is the first condition of peace, a government that does not respect courts including Supreme Court judgment cannot be trusted to guarantee peace but to unleash violence.

“Once again, we assure all citizens including local government workers of a trouble free resumption, the police as directed by the IGP are fully on ground to enforce law and the Supreme Court judgement. No matter how high anyone is, the Law is above all. Peace be! No cause for Alarm”, the statement concluded

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Oyo LG crisis: We won’t allow breakdown of law and order – Govt.

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The Oyo State Government has declared that it would not allow any group of persons to throw the state into crisis as a result of the ongoing debate on the management of local governments in the state.

The state government on Sunday also insisted in a statement that it was insisting on the full observance of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in relation to the ongoing controversy surrounding the dissolution of the 68 sacked local council chairmen in the State.

The government further warned some individuals who have been  threatening to derail the peace of the State to desist from such ruinous path or face the full wrath of the law.

The Government, in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, informed that the Government’s position became imperative following the threats of violence by the sacked illegal chairmen and the stay-at-home order issued to all local government workers in the State by the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).

The statement added that though Government would not begrudge the NULGE for directing its members to stay away from work in response to persistent threats emanating from the sacked chairmen of local councils and LCDA, it urged all workers in the state to reject any act of brigandage by persons or groups seeking to derail the peace and progressive governance in the State.

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“The attention of the Government of Oyo State has been drawn to a sit-at-home order announced by the State Chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).

“The Government understands that the sit-at-home order was a response to persistent threats emanating from the sacked chairmen of local councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

“Whereas the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde will not begrudge NULGE for seeking to preserve its members from a perceived Armageddon as promised by the sacked council chairmen, the Government would like to put it on record that it will continue to stand by the dictates of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended.

“As earlier stated in a position by the State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo, issues concerning the tussle over local government administration in Oyo State are before the Court of Appeal and that the two cases are scheduled for hearing on February 19, 2020.

“Any lover of peace, progress and democracy would have no problems waiting to hear from the Court on the day stated.

“We, however, urge all workers in the state to reject any act of brigandage by any persons or groups who are merely seeking to derail the peace and progressive governance that have been the lot of the State since May 29, 2019.

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“We call on the workers and the teeming people of Oyo State to please ignore the threat of violence and brigandage from the sacked chairmen and rest assured that the train of unmatched groundbreaking good governance in Oyo State started by His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, cannot be stopped”, the statement reads.

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Oyo minority leader, Alarape empowers 100 women with cash

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No fewer than 100 women from the Atiba State Constituency, Oyo state were on Thursday presented cash assistance to boost their small-scale businesses.

The event, had in attendance, party leaders, party executives, faithfuls and constituents.

Speaking at the ‘Business Women Empowerment Programme’, which was held at Equilibrium Resorts, Ojongbodu in Oyo town, the minority leader, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Asimiyu ‘Niran Alarape said the gesture was in fulfillment of his personal commitment to give back to society and the fulfilment of his campaign promises to affect the lives of the women in the constituency positively. He added that the donation was part of his programmes aimed at empowering and improving the socio-economic development of his  people.

According to him, “I always want to give back to people. During my campaigns, l promised to carry women along. If  you empower women, you have empowered households, because in  traditional Yoruba enclave, it is the women that run the show, that is the truth. They are very industrious with little money. I know my experience while I was growing up and when I was going to school. So I know what transpired, with the meager income from my mother; I was able to go to school.

“Someone made a testimony some few days ago that while she wanted to sit for her final exams that her mother had to sell her goat to pay for the WAEC fee.  If you get to Ilora Baptist Grammar School now,  that  lady built a hall in the name of  the  mother. The mother is still living. She honoured her mother when she is  alive, not when she’s dead; it is indelible .

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 “And as a result, I know what my mother went through  to see me through my education and the preponderant  number of women, when talking about population, they  are more and most of them are more reliable”, the APC lawmaker said.

The former speaker emphasized that the gesture was beyond party affairs as  beneficiaries were also drawn from other groups, associations in the constituency.

“At least  100 people were empowered and we did not limit the gesture to our party members alone , because apart from party  people, we have a lot of groups within the constituency that contributed to the success of our party and you know we are still going back to them. So, if we do not curry their favour now by extending dividends to them, it would  be difficult for us to go back to them, we have to start by now”, Alarape explained.

Also speaking at the event, one of the prominent APC leaders in Oyo state, Chief SM Akindele lauded the lawmaker for the  gesture, assuring those who had yet to benefit that they too would have a bite of the gesture.

 

“Alarape has the knowledge of our problems and he has been addressing them”.

Earlier, in his own remarks, the Senatorial leader, Chief Akin Ojebode enjoined members of the APC to remain committed to the party. He, however urged them to support and cooperate with  the lawmaker.

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“in six months , our representatives are already sowing the seeds and giving back to the society”, he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Rasheed Saidat expressed appreciation to Alarape for supporting their businesses.

“We are very grateful, because we never expect such at this time, but Honourable ‘Enimoju ogun’ has surprised us and we will continue to pray for him”.

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