Makinde forwards names of caretaker chairmen to Assembly

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•ALGON chair decries move

Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde on Thursday sent list of names of nominees for caretaker chairmen and sole administrators for the 33 local governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas ( LCDAs) in the state, against the order of the state High Court, restraining the governor and the state House of Assembly from dissolving local governments and appointment of caretaker chairmen.

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Though the names of the nominees are yet to be known, the state House of Assembly is expected to screen the nominees on Monday 16 December, as a matter of urgency before proceeding on annual recess on 17 December.

A source close to the state House of Assembly disclosed to The Nation that governor Makinde has resolved all lingering issues that have delayed constituting the caretaker chairmen, including all existing legal bottlenecks.

But, the Association of Local government Chairmen of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State has decried the action of the governor over the planned appointment of caretaker Chairmen for the council areas in the state by Governor Seyi Makinde.

ALGON Chairman in the State, Prince Ayodeji Abass – Aleshinloye described the plan as tales by moonlight on grassroots Democratic Governance.

According to Abass-Aleshinloye, the Governor’s plan is a tale better told to the un-informed and co-deceptive wreckers of the democratic Culture.

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The ALGON Chairman described democracy as a seed that germinates and develops on the practice and strict adherence to the rule of law and a willingness to entrench the democratic culture by its proponents.

“So far, Gov. Makinde’s undemocratic disposition and flagrant disobedience, with impunity, of court orders by illegally dissolving constitutional bodies, elected democratic local government structures, breaches of contractual obligations, in Oyo State clearly shows a despotic government. Perhaps the governor may want democracy, but it appears his spirit is too weak to take the necessary courageous steps to be on the right path for its evolution”, he said.

Abass-Aleshinloye drew the Governor’s attention to the subsisting judgments of the Supreme Court that declared as illegal, null and void, any dissolution of elected local government councils by state governors and state assemblies.

“The governor is fully aware of this and the specific judgement of the Oyo State High Court, which re-emphasized same and restrained the Oyo State governor and House of Assembly from dissolving local governments and appointment caretaker chairmen.

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