By Kunle Adedoyin
The Oyo State Government on Friday has stated that the local government election that was conducted by the Abiola Ajimobi administration was against a subsisting court order.
Mr. Bisi Ilaka, Chief of Staff to Governor Seyi Makinde, explained that the new administration took the decision to dissolve all the local councils, including LCDAs in the state, because of this reason.
Ilaka stated that the dissolved local government administration in the state was put together in an election that was against a subsisting court order.
“I know people go about and say this local government executive also went to court to get an order, but we all know that it was a premeditated judgment that was filed by the same people against the same side that did not oppose the application.
“They sourced for an order that was not opposed by the state or appealed by the state,” Ilaka said.
He said the current administration in the state would right everything that has gone wrong, adding that its intent was to obey the court order that is still valid.
“We are waiting for them to challenge the decision of this administration; we have nothing to hide either .We have also directed all the Heads of Local Governments (HLAs) to take over the affairs of their respective council areas,” he said.
Ilaka maintained that the action of the state government was in order, noting that a team of legal experts was working on the matter and was optimistic that the state government would have its way. He assured the people of the state that the administration would adjust and correct everything that has gone wrong in the last dispensation.
Following the announcement of the dissolution of the councils by the state government, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, (ALGON), Oyo State Chapter through its Chairman, Mr. Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, had kicked against the action of dissolving them, describing it as illegal, wicked and unconstitutional.