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Oyo LG dissolution: Govt dismisses ALGON’s allegation

By Sarafa Ibrahim, Ibadan

Seyi Makinde, Oyo State governor on Sunday dismissed the allegation levelled against his government by Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in the State, that he’s planning to inaugurate caretaker committees for the 33 Local Government Areas.

Makinde, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa in a statement, described the allegation as “funny accusation”, saying the union is only trying to be in the news.

ALGON Chairman, Oyo State chapter, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, had expressed concerns on the present status of Local Governments in the State, which the court had ordered that status quo be maintained after governor dissolved the chairmen installed by former governor Ajimobi.

Abass-Aleshinloye described the alleged plan as “a panicky step to prempt the possibility of losing its appeal against the High Court judgement perpetually restraining it from dissolving the local government.”

He said, “The move was tantamount to executive rascality, an affront on the Judiciary and the rule of law by the new administration that is desperate to return Oyo State to the old way of lawlessness and ‘pankere’ politics of settling constitutional matters by political thuggery.

But the governor faulted the claims, advising the group to focus on the case they claimed to have filed in court “and leave the government to its service of the people”, rather than seeking unnecessary attention.

He said, “It is a funny allegation that is aimed at keeping their name in the news,” adding that considering the commitment of his administration to good governance, it will not give room for any distraction from anybody or any group.

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