The sacked local government chairmen and councillors of various local government areas and local council development areas across Oyo State on Monday, resumed office amid tension as they were said to have forcefully taken over their former offices.
Recall that the Oyo State Government had recently appointed caretaker committee chairmen after it ousted these chairmen.
In the same vein, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), had written a letter to the Attorney General of Oyo State, demanding the reinstatement of the sacked local government chairmen and councillors.
However, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria led by the state chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, in Ibadan on Monday, stressed that the embattled chairmen and councillors, being duly elected to office during the tenure of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, were back to their former offices.
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar in a letter, had earlier urged the group together with the Oyo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to liaise with the state Commissioner of Police for appropriate actions.
Speaking with newsmen, Abass-Aleshinloye expressed worries, stating that Governor Seyi Makinde, who rode to power on the wings of the judiciary had disobeyed the court order.
He lamented that "the same Supreme Court you are celebrating is the same Supreme Court that gave us the judgment that we are talking about."
The embattled chairman said, “Our tenure is to expire next year and after the expiration of our tenure, Governor Seyi Makinde still has about two years to conduct an election. The days of impunity in this country are over.”
“You decides to respect the one that favours you but abandoned us. It is unfortunate; I don’t see it persisting," he added.
However, in its response, the government issued a statement through Babatunde Oduyoye, the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters to the Governor, condemning the action of the sacked chairmen.
The statement read:
”We have received reports of vandalisation of government property. We have received reports of wanton destruction of doors, windows, and others, and I can tell you that the governor will not sit down and watch while some people decide to be lawless."
Describing it as a criminal act, Babatunde reiterated that the government will pursue it to a logical conclusion.
Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Taiwo Adisa, said, “Oyo is not violating the constitution in any way. The councils are being managed in accordance with the local government law of Oyo State. Only the AGF knows why he is focusing on Oyo.”