ALGON urges Oyo gov to obey court order on LGs
Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter, has urged the state government to maintain the status quo, pending the decision by the Court of Appeal on the dissolution of council administration in the state.
The chairman, Abass Aleshinloye, stated this yesterday while reacting to a high court judgement on the suit between ALGON and the government.
ALGON had gone to court to challenge government’s dissolution of the elected local government administration.
In a May 6, 2019 judgement, the Oyo High Court had affirmed the three-year tenure of the elected chairmen and councillors, and nullified the sections of the state’s law that empowers the governor and the House of Assembly to dissolve council administration.
The state has however appealed the judgement.
Aleshinloye advised the state government to await the outcome of its appeal before taking any action.
In the same vein, ALGON has urged the court to restrain the government from setting up an ad hoc committee to probe the finances of the councils.
It had described the action as running contrary to the extant judgement of the court affirming the tenure of elected chairmen and councillors.
Governor Seyi Makinde had set up a seven-man committee chaired by retired Justice Stephen Popoola on July 1 to look into the councils’ accounts from January 2018 to May 29, 2019.
At the hearing of the suit on Monday, the presiding judge, Hon. Justice Adenike Adeeyo, had granted leave to the plaintiffs (ALGON) for an order of judicial review to prohibit and quash the proceedings and decisions of the Popoola committee. The court further directed that the order should operate as a stay of further proceedings before the committee until the determination of the suit.
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