The local government chairmen who were sacked by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday, have declared that they still remain in office by the provision of the law of the land. They have issued a warning to the newly inaugurated local council chairmen in the state against engaging in any transaction on behalf of their respective councils.
The council chairmen under the umbrella of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) released a statement signed by the ALGON Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, in Ibadan.
They stated in the new year message to the people of the state that they still remain in office by the provision of the law which they said was supreme.
The chairman lamented that "2019 was quite challenging to most of us, particularly on the rape on our democracy (at the grassroots level) on the purported dissolution of the local government council and local council areas but we remain grateful to God for helping us to weather the storm and keeping us to see yet another year."
He feared that the future is replete with challenges. However, he stated that ALGON reaffirms it's confidence in the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary to uphold the Supreme Court and the Oyo State High Court subsisting judgement against the illegal dissolution of Councils.
“We remain resolute, we would overcome the challenges of today with the same resilience and indomitable spirits that have continued to inspire us throughout history," he said.
He further reiterated that “We stand fast on our mandate freely and fairly given by the good people of our respective local government and development areas, and undertake to remain peaceful even in the face of extreme threats and provocation by the Government of Oyo State. We remain in office by law and the law is supreme."
The ALGON chairman concluded that the good news is that "we have taken off already on this journey of hope, and with God helping us, we shall surely succeed. I wish you a happy and bountiful New Year and pray for God’s peace on you and your family.”
He urged the people to reflect on the last twelve months and to look forward to new beginnings. "As a people, we appreciate God for giving us a beautiful state endowed with enormous resources and boundless opportunities," he said.