The sacked local government chairmen in Oyo state, =Monday asked Governor Seyi Makinde to pay their salaries and entitlements as directed by the Supreme Court in its judgment of May, 7 this year.
In a statement made available to newsmen signed by the chairman, Forum 68 (Immediate Past Chairman ALGON), Oyo state chapter, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, tasked the governor to be humble and obey the Supreme Court judgment.
He said it was unfortunate that after some days that Governor Makinde said he would comply with the Supreme court judgment and purportedly ” made a U-turn” by proclaiming selective compliance to the Supreme Court ruling.
“Shamelessly, the governor has being peddling falsehood in his failed attempt to distort the ruling and subject it to his executive discretion. He said he would only pay the chairmen of thirty three local government councils listed in the Nigerian constitution and not chairmen of local council development areas which he described as illegal,” the former chairmen said.
They added, “We want to advise the governor not to be hypertensive about this simple judgment because that couldn’t have been the intention of the erudite judges of the Supreme Court who delivered the landmark judgment in their own wisdom and in line with the Nigerian constitution, the supreme law of the nation.
“The Supreme Court ruling is to be obeyed and implemented since Governor Makinde has nowhere to hide or run to but to obey the judgment which cannot be subjected to his shifty interpretations. But one of the many characteristics of the Supreme Court judgment that ALGON, Oyo state procured against the illegal dissolution of elected local government and local council development areas in the state by the governor is that the judgment is written in simple English grammar that any brilliant SS3 student in any public or private secondary school preparing to sit for WAEC or NECO exam will read and fully understand.”