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Oyo LGs: Seyi Makinde suffers first major loss as Supreme Court rules

Oyo LGs: Seyi Makinde suffers first major loss as Supreme Court rules
For all the good things being said about the incumben
t Governor of Oyo state, Engineer Seyi Makinde of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), one wouldn't foresee that he could be caught in a web of illegality and termed a 'law-breaking' Governor by the Supreme Court of Nigeria this early into his tenure.

One of the earliest things that Governor Seyi Makinde did after he was sworn-in 8 months ago, was to unconstitutionally order the removal of the existing chairmen in the 33 local government areas of Oyo state, all of whom are of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party.

However, yesterday, the Supreme Court waded in, ruling that the common practice by some State Governors in dissolving elected local government councils is unconstitutional, null and void, such that any system of local government run by Caretaker Committee are outrightly illegal and unconstitutional.

After over 7 months of legal tussle, the democratically elected Chairmen, who had taken Governor Makinde to court under their umbrella body named ALGON (Association of Local Government of Nigeria, Oyo state chapter), won their case and will be resuming in their respective
offices.

After the ruling, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), immediately sent a letter to the Governor, asking him to comply with the ruling of the Supreme Court to squash the caretaker chairmen he enthroned in the local governments over a month ago.
The AGF's letter emphasised the need to immediately remove all caretaker committees and restore the democratically-elected Chairmen to the local governments in the overall interest of the rule of law and democracy.

The AGF also copied the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General, State Security Service, the Acting Chairman, EFCC, and the Director, NFIU, in the letter, asking them to ensure compliance, by making sure that this immediate disbandment of Makinde's caretaker arrangement is done peacefully.

Reacting to the development, the Chairman of ALGON, Prince Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye described the ruling as confirming their stand with the rule of Law, and he assured the Governor Makinde that ALGON bears no "personal grudge", addinf that they will work hand in glove with him to ensure even development in Oyo State.
I think it is advisable that Governor Seyi Makinde focuses on delivering governance as against trying to play politics with everything, because this arguably is the reason why he committed this error of removing democratically elected representatives of the people in the first place...and it's shameful to say the least that he will be caught in a web of illegality this early.

Kudos to the Supreme Court for putting a check on executive recklessness.
And in all, I wish Governor Seyi Makinde well.

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