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Appeal Court Upholds Sack Of Oyo Council Chairmen

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday upheld the judgement of the Oyo State High Court restraining the Governor from dissolving Local Government Councils in the state.

Justice Haruna Tsammani, who delivered the judgment, said the sacked Local Government Chairmen failed to show verifiable facts of the plan by the Oyo State Governor to dissolve the councils.

Tsammani said the case initiated was based on mere speculations.

Bashorun Bosun Ajuwon had instituted the case on behalf of the Oyo State chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON.

Governor Seyi Makinde and the embattled council bosses had been at loggerheads over the control of the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas.

The court, after considering the evidence and submissions of both legal teams, upheld the validity of the decision of the Oyo State Government to dissolve the sacked ALGON.

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Reacting to the judgement, the State Government said that all hands must be on deck to work for the good of the people.

The government, which extended olive branch to the aggrieved people, said it was willing to collaborate and co-opt genuine interest to ensure that the good intentions of Governor Makinde for the state come to reality.

The State said this through the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mrs. Funmilayo Orisadeyi, while reacting to the ruling of Justice Tsammani.

However, the sacked council bosses have rejected the Appeal Court judgment, vowing to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

The chairmen, under the aegis of ALGON, rejected the ruling in a statement through its Chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye.

He said the judgment had shown that the course of justice was not served, adding that the association would proceed to the Supreme Court for proper redress and judicial interpretation.

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