Oyo PDP: Sacked council chairmen illegally elected
The Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described sacked local government chairmen under the aegis of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) as mere noise makers who wanted to benefit from illegalities.
The PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretaty, Akeem Olatunji, said ALGON members who were raising issues about Governor Seyi Mankinde’s proposed composition of the local governments leadership as swimming against the tide of public opinion.
According to the PDP, there is need to reconstitute the local governments and the LCDAs, noting that the step will satisfy of the yearning of a majority of residents.
The statement reads: “As a party, the PDP wishes to tell the governor to ignore the latest rants of the sacked illegal council chairmen on the planned appointment, stating that it was another tactic to hold the people of the State to ransom by crippling governance at the grassroots.
“The sacked chairmen claiming to still be members of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in Oyo State despite having been sacked legally had attacked Governor Makinde over a reported plan to appoint caretaker chairmen for local councils, a step which the PDP described as baseless noise-making that cannot hold water.”
The party also maintained that the former chairmen’s ranting was medicine after death, because the circumstances that led to their sack were different from what they portrayed to the public, as they got into office through illegality and disobedience to court order.
The statement further reads: “Our attention has been drawing to the latest rants of some individuals who identify themselves, though illegally, as Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in which they tried to paint the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, in bad light over his reported plan to appoint interim management committees for local councils ahead of election into the councils.