The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday asked the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami to stop pokenosing into the internal affairs of Oyo state .
PDP handed down the warning in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by its Oyo state Publicity Secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji .
According to the party, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice should mind his business concerning the lack of respect for the rule of law by the Federal government.
“Rather than pokenose into the internal affairs of Oyo State, Mr Abubakar Malami should be more concerned about the Federal Government’s various disregard of judiciary pronouncements and lack of respect for rule of law. Nigeria as a federation is governed by constitution not by a decree fiat and it’s not anybody’s fault that the drafters of Nigerian Constitution put the control, legislation and supervision of the local governments under the purview of the State governments through the various State House of Assemblies,” he said
Engr Olatunji added, “what the present Attorney General of the Federation, Malam Abubakar Malami, and his APC cohorts are trying to achieve is purely 2023 political agenda similar to attempt by former Attorney General, Mr Akin Olujimi, SAN, to stop Federal allocations meant for Lagos State through executive fiat.”
“I want to reiterate that nowhere in the 1999 Constitution is the President or his agents given the power to withhold funds due to States or Local Government Councils or even the National Judicial Council by virtue of the provisions of Section 162 subsection (9) thereof. In other words the President has no supervisory power over the state and the local government councils.”
The Oyo PDP spokesperson stressed that Nigeria as a country ” is practising federalism not a Unitary system of government, hence the need for separation of power and avoid ridiculous action that can jeopardize the image of Nigeria within the comity of Nations”.
“Furthermore, the Supreme Court judgement delivered by Justice Muhammadu Lawal Uwais, CJN, on the 10th of December 2004 stated clearly that pursuant to section 162 (5) of the Constitution; if the President or any of his agents has any grievances or whatsoever with any tier of government, he should go to court.”
Advising the ” APC in Oyo State to look for their savior elsewhere as Mr Abubakar Malami is not constitutional empowered to assist them in foisting illegality on the good people of Oyo State at the grassroots level”, Engr Olatunji said, “hence, the Caretaker Chairmen across the 33 Local Councils and 35 LCDAs are enjoined to face the herculean task before them and disregard the former illegal Chairmen who are merely seeking attention”.