The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo state Chapter, Friday, urged Governor Seyi Makinde to respect the rule of law and reinstate them to office.
ALGON in a statement by the Chairman Oyo state chapter, Prince Abass Alesinloye, appealed to the state governor to reconsider the illegal dissolution of popularly elected local council’s leadership.
The statement read in part: “Effective democratic governance at the grassroots is vital to sustainable development of the country and states. It is in this view that ALGON Oyo state appeals again to the executive governor, His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, to reconsider his illegal dissolution of popularly elected local councils in the state.
“Our call for reinstatement becomes more germane now in view of the new commendable wave of reconciliation and mutual understanding for peace, democracy and development in the country as exemplified by governors of sister states like Ogun, Ekiti and Kwara states, which also initially dissolved local government structures but have now recalled them to continue in office.
“Even, governors from opposition parties have also recalled elected local government chairmen and councillors because they also realized that there were subsisting Supreme Court judgements against dissolution of local government, as a constitutionally recognized tier of government, by state governors or the state parliament.”
The association stressed that, “Oyo state cannot be an island of disrepute and illegality in the comity of states in Nigeria. We are more than this. The Oyo state Governor should toe the line of the rule of law like his peers and reconsider his stand. This is the path of honour, statesmanship and maturity for the sake of grassroots development in the pacesetter state.”