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Oyo government drops pay-off option for sacked council chairmen

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Oyo State government has said that it is ready to see to the end of the cases instituted in connection with the crisis rocking the local council administration in the state.

A statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, said despite ‘grandstanding, the sacked local council chairmen and rejection of the matter would continue. The statement said: “Our attention has been drawn to the statement credited to the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) on the state of the suit between the association and the Oyo State government.

“Let it be accordingly stated that the government of Oyo State is ready to pursue its case in court against ALGON.“The decision by the state to pursue the path of peace on the council issue is well thought out, especially following credible information that some forces are seeking to use misguided politicians to trouble the peace of the state.

“The decision of the government on the local council matter was largely informed by the spirit of magnanimity and the feeling that every stakeholder in the suit is an indigene of the state.

“Whatever was proposed by the Oyo State counsel was in accordance with the standard practice in negotiations and are defensible in law.“That the same ALGON, which proposed the out-of-court settlement in the first instance, is turning around to grandstand on this issue is a disservice to the good people of Oyo State.
“We, however, await the date in court when all issues would be laid bare.”


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