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{See Letter} Oyo ALGON issues warning to caretaker chairmen, civil servants , banks over LG funds

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*OPEN LETTER TO THE PURPORTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT CARETAKER CHAIRMEN, BANKERS TO ALL OYO STATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS AND LCDAs, HLAs/DAGs/DFAs/F&GPCs, ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL STAFF AND ALL OYO STATE CIVIL SERVANTS*

We are compelled to openly issue this letter of caution to the purported Caretaker Chairmen, Bankers to all Oyo state Local Government Councils, LCDAs, Civil Servants in our dear State and all Local Government Staff across our Council Secretariats, to strongly avoid being put under duress by the Oyo State Government to partake in another man’s sin, by not allowing themselves to be used to further and foist what is clearly an illegal and fraudulent administration over our Local Government Councils and LCDAs in Oyo state.

Over the past few months , we had consistently warned the Oyo State Government, and the Governor of Oyo State to respect the rule of law and desist from the path of illegality he was treading and being railroaded onto by politicians who are hellbent on dividing our Local Government Councils and constituencies as their political fiefdoms and their spoils of war.

1. It is no longer news that Governor Seyi Makinde has demonstrated no iota of respect for the rule of law and our courts, hence his serial breaches leading to an illegal appointment of an unlawful contraption called Caretaker Chairmen. We emphatically restate that there is no law in Oyo State creating a Caretaker Chairman’s office over any Local Government Council and LCDAs, hence the recent purported appointments of Caretakers is a flagrant display of irresponsibility, and mere jokes for public grandstanding with no force of law. It is therefore follows that any operation, directives, approvals, disbursements, decision or step taken by such usurpers occupying a nonexistent office can only be tantamount to an attempt to defraud the revenue of the Local Councils and LCDAs for which such persons and their collaborators shall be prosecuted. We expected the State Attorney General would have attempted to publicly rebut our emphatic position if it were legally rebuttable, but clearly rather than offer legal advice to guide the state, the learned professor seems to have outsourced his role as legal adviser to politicians who speak ignorantly on air about what they know nothing of. The management, administration and financing of Local Councils and LCDAs according to the constitution and the Supreme court in cases variously cited and now in the public domain, can only be validly approved, authorized, authenticated by documents executed by elected Local Government Chairmen. No authorization from any Caretaker Chairman of any Local Government Council or LCDA Caretakers nor their appointors is recognized under the current legal regime in our country. Any civil servant, bank or local government staff that honours such illegal approvals, directives or authorization from such persons therefore renders himself/herself liable to criminal prosecution for conspiracy and fraud.

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2. We recognize that the Governor continues to act illegally hiding behind a cloak of constitutional immunity, while his political collaborators outside government who may be urging you all to embark on serial illegalities, will not be signatories to any official council document that may incriminate you and form the subject of investigations of this orchestrated fraud on the administration of Councils. Let us be clear that the revenue of our Local Government Councils and LCDAs for wages and emoluments are only payable to legally recognized employment positions and staff of Councils. Caretaker Chairmen are not legally recognized under our laws anymore and therefore are not staff of councils, nor are they entitled to collect any wage, emoluments or allowance from our Councils under any guise . It should be strongly noted that under our jurisprudence ignorance of the law has never been an excuse to criminal culpability. A claim of ignorance, or self imposed duress will not avail anyone of our bankers nor Local Government staff and civil servants who act in defiance of established laws to conspire with usurpers not provided for under any law in our land to rob our councils or pass themselves off as chairmen of offices that are both in law, and to your public knowledge not vacant nor conferred by law on any usurping caretaker. Any voucher signed by or authorized by Caretakers will be tantamount to attempted fraud.

3. As you are aware, the office of Chairmen of our Local Government councils and LCDAs are neither vacant nor available under our constitution for any caretaker to justifiably occupy either in law or fact. Therefore any individual who passes himself or herself off as Caretaker Chairman or seeks to issue directives to Local Government/LCDAs staff or civil servants or our bankers will along with such banker or civil servant, be acting fraudulently and in breach of clear legal pronouncements for which such persons and their stooges shall be prosecuted . Make no mistake about it, an armchair pronouncement of a Governor in a constitutional democracy, and a showmanship swearing in , are unknown to our law as currently constituted. It does not, and cannot by any stretch of political spin or imagination legalize what has been pronounced an illegality by the Supreme Court and the High Court of Oyo State.

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4. We remind the Accountant General of Oyo State, the Ministry of Local Government and Council officials across Local Government Councils, that our Joint State/Local government accounts are under the legal regime established by law and the Court judgments, only operatable by the elected local government chairmen whose elections have neither been voided by any court nor by any law. You may wish to refer to the NFIU Guidelines on this. Similarly, we remain approving signatories with the Finance and General Purpose Committees of our Councils over Council funds due to each Council. We equally remain on record with our bankers the confirming signatories for payments out of local government accounts which cannot be changed without recourse to law. It was our valid return as elected Chairmen after contested elections that effectively qualified us in this role. A purportedly dismissive echo of lies by the Governor is empty in law as it is not pursuant to any law, nor in furtherance of any court pronouncement. We can boldly say it under our constitutional democracy that the illegal statements of a Governor does not become law not being legislation nor court order, hence you are not bound by such reckless statements and actions of the Governor that contradicts the law. We are not under military edicts,but under the Constitution sworn to by the Governor himself to defend and protect.
Therefore any document executed, or directed to be executed by the usurping Caretakers shall be illegal and a calculated fraud against the council. Similarly no bank, HLA/DAG/DFA can legally honour the signature of any Caretaker chairman on any confirmations nor disregard our approving signatories as elected chairmen otherwise such civil servant, staff, account officers, bank managers and their collaborators shall be liable for fraud on the revenue of state and criminal breach of trust.

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5. If Governor Makinde continues to toe the path of recalcitrance, let him and his co-travellers continues and face whatever the outcome. Again we reemphasize, *DO NOT PARTAKE IN THEIR CRIMES AGAINST THE STATE* as the law does not excuse criminality by reason of ignorance or even duress, under these circumstances.

It is our appeal to you all to depart from the path of illegality being urged upon you, and be courageous to save yourselves from impending culpability if found wanting. This is an appeal, but make no mistake about it, the law will take its course against every infringement and criminality irrespective of who perpetrates it.

We trust you will ponder over these truths, seek legal counsel from your personal attorneys to be properly guided, and ensure you are not sucked into the crucible Governor Makinde has heated up in our state.

*YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!*

Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye
ALGON Chairman
Oyo State

Pastor Jesutoye Oluyinka
ALGON Secretary
Oyo State

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Oyo LG Crisis: ALGON condemns Makinde’s proposal, says ‘payoff’ violates anti corruption war

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The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter has condemned the suggestion by Governor Seyi Makinde to pay them off, describing the idea as antithetical to the war against corruption.

Contained in a letter written to the Counsel to the State Government, Mr Akin Onigbinde SAN by ALGON through its lawyer, Kunle Sobaloju Esq , the sacked elected chairmen said the suggestion is a disservice to the people of their local government and Oyo State to collect financial compensation in lieu of their constitutionally guaranteed tenure.

The Association also expressed appreciation to the government for recognizing and acknowledging their mandate as the democratically elected officials of the 33 Local Council and 35 local development areas respectively by offering to pay them their salaries.

“We refer to your letter dated 20th February, 2020 and have brought the contents of the said letter to the notice of our client which they have considered, and by this letter, we wish to communicate their response to you.

The letter reads, “We have our clients’ instruction to express their appreciation to his Excellency for recognizing and acknowledging our clients’ mandate as the democratically elected Chairmen and Councilors of the 33 Local Government Councils and 35 LCDAs in Oyo State by offering to pay them their salaries and allowances due.

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“However, our clients consider it a disservice to the people of their respective Local Government Areas and the entire people of Oyo State to collect financial compensation as proposed by you in lieu of their constitutionally guaranteed election tenure.

“Our Clients are equally of the view that accepting financial compensation by way of your calculated salary and severance allowance would amount to aiding the breach of the constitution and may also lead to violation of anti-corruption laws by collecting salaries and allowances for a futuristic job tenure yet to be lived out.

“We therefore have our clients’ instruction to inform you that the financial pay off proposed is unacceptable to them.

“We appreciate your efforts towards the amicable settlement of issues between the parties and convey our professional regards of the highest esteem”, the letter concluded.

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Real Reason Why Oyo ALGON Rejected Makinde’s ‘Pay Off Deal’ {Read Full Details}

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Prince Aleshinloye

The sacked elected Council Chairmen  under the aegis of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo state chapter on Friday said the pay off deal proposed by Governor Seyi Makinde would amount to aiding the breach of the constitution and may also leads to violation of anti – corruption law by collecting salaries and allowances for futuristic job tenure yet to be lived out.

 

While rejecting the ‘Pay Off Deal’, the Council Chairmen reechoed their  resolve to complete their tenure as constitutionally guaranteed, just as they opined that rather than accepting the financial pay off deal,  the Seyi Makinde led government should appoint two additional supervisory councilors and one Liaison officer who will work together with the elected local government officials in all the LGAs and LCDAs.
 

The government’s counsel, Akin Onigbinde SAN had earlier sought for an Out of Court Settlement’  which was adopted by all stakeholders involved in the crisis rocking the local governments in the state.

 

 

ALGON,  in a document dated 21 February, 2020 jointly signed by its Chairman, Prince Abass Aleshinloye and Pastor Jesutoye (Secretary) and obtained by Mega Icon Magazine further considered it a disservice to the people of their respective Local Government Areas and the entire people of Oyo State to collect financial compensation as proposed in lieu of their constitutionally guaranteed tenure

 

“ALGON considers it a disservice to the people of their respective Local Government Areas and the entire people of Oyo State to collect financial compensation as proposed in lieu of our constitutionally guaranteed tenure. ALGON is equally of the view that accepting financial compensation by way of calculated salary and severance allowance would amount to aiding the breach of the constitution and may also leads to violation of anticorruption law by collecting salaries and allowances for futuristic job tenure yet to be lived out .

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“ALGON therefore resolved that the financial pay off proposed in the offers unacceptable to us hence we reiterate our resolve to complete our tenure as constitutionally guaranteed.

“In the overall interest of our dear state and to achieve a robust and participatory governance at the grass root, ALGON opined that the government may appoint additional TWO Supervisory Councilors, and ONE Liason Officer per LGA and LCDA, to the existing and already inaugurated appointed ones, to make government of all inclusive. ALGON believes this is idea”, the document reads

The association , however lauded  Governor Makinde for recognizing and acknowledging the elected chairpersons and councilors by offering to pay them salaries and allowances.

“ALGON express appreciation to His Excellency, for recognizing and acknowledging our mandate as the democratically elected chairmen and councilors of the 33 local government councils and 35 LCDAs in Oyo state by offering to pay us salaries and allowances of due although this was coming from the 16 days after the initiative was moved on the 15th of February, 2020” .

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Oyo: ‘Sycophants Want Me Out Of PDP’ – Olopoenia

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A prominent chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) In Oyo State, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoenia, on Sunday disclosed that some sycophants who have formed cabal around the governor of the state, Engineer Seyi Makinde want him out of the party.

While speaking with Journalists on the heel of the rumour going round that he has perfected plan to leave the PDP,  Olopoenia maintained that despite the fact that he owe nobody any explanation or apology if he wishes to leave the party as founding members of the PDP and one of the few that has in no time left the party, millions of those sycophants cannot move him out of the party.

He explained that these sycophants want him out of the party by all means as a result of his advice to the Governor on the issue surrounding the National Union of Road and Transport Workers (NURTW), noting that the issue of the NURTW was what bastardized the government of former Governor Adebayo Alao Akala when he was in PDP.

And not to let history repeat itself again, he continue to advice Governor Makinde on the issue and others but these sycophants who have formed cabal around him, and who have went into agreement with a faction of NURTW started waging war against him.

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“When the advice wanted to turn to another thing, I have to back out. Some said I want to be the Chairman of the Union, that’s why am against the choice of a factional leader to lead the Union, some said I have interest in another factional leader.

“But my own interest is the peaceful atmosphere in the state and that was the reason I was cautioning the Governor on the issue but when it wanted to turn to another thing entirely to the extent that my life was in danger, I had to back out”.

It would be recalled that few weeks ago Olopoenia raised an alarm of threat to his life, saying a factional leader of the NURTW in the state is planning to assassinate him.

According to him, “some sycophants who have formed themselves as cabal around Governor Makinde wants me out of the PDP but million of them cannot move me out of the party.

“Though if I wish to leave the PDP today, I owe nobody any explanation. I am one of the founding members of the the party, I am one of the few who has never for a leave the party. Those who are carry the rumour that I wanted to leave the party, are those who are looking for what to eat, they have left the party in several occasions but find their way into the government.

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“Why would I leave the party that I build, when Governor Ajimobi was in power in 2012, he invited me to join his party, I refused. When Governor Akala left the PDP to Labour party, despite our closeness, I didn’t followed him.

“I started the reformation of the PDP in 2015, bringing back those who have left, working tirelessly to bring PDP back to power in 2019, why would now leave the party when we are in government.

“But I owe nobody any apology or explanation if I decided to leave but I am not leaving, the rumour is the handiwork of sycophants who have formed cabal around the Governor but they cannot destroy our party neither the government”, he said.

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