OYO, Nigeria – Six days after a court of law restrained local government Chairmen who were elected during the tenure of the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi from forcefully taking over the local government Secretariats, Caretaker committee Chairmen who were recently appointed by Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday resumed in their various local government areas.
OgeneAfrican learnt that the resumption followed a court injunction obtained by the Oyo State Government which restrained the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the sacked local government Chairmen from forcefully taking over the council Secretariats in the state.
It will be recalled that local government Chairmen who were elected during the administration of immediate past Governor of the state, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi in May 2018, resumed at their various local government areas last Monday.
An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, the state capital, however on Tuesday, restrained the 68 sacked Chairmen in the 33 Local Government Areas and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) from the forceful and illegal takeover of the council offices across the state.
Also restrained were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN; Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Mr. Shina Olukolu, and the Oyo State APC chairman, Mr. Akin Oke.
Makinde while speaking during a meeting with the 33 Caretaker Chairmen of local governments and 35 chairmen of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) he appointed last in December declared that he did not meet any elected local government official when he came in as Governor of the state in May last year. He urged them to ignore the sacked local government Chairmen and return to their various local government areas.
The appointed Caretaker Chairmen have, however, resumed their various offices as directed by Makinde.
OgeneAfrican also learnt that those who resumed included caretaker Chairman in Oluyole Local Government, Mr. Olaide Settle and Caretaker Chairmen in Iseyin Local Government Area.
Others are Caretaker Chairman in Oorelope Local Government Area, Yakub Ganiyu and Saki West Local Government Caretaker Chairman, Mudashiru Eruobodo and that of Aare Latosa Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Mr. Kazeem Oshoniyi.
Caretaker Chairman in Oluyole Local Government Area, Mr. Settle while addressing his supporters, advised Oluyole residents to shun act of hooliganism and join hands with Governor Seyi Makinde government and his administration for the progress of Oluyole LG and Oyo State in general.
He told the gathering that members of NULGE will soon resume at their duty posts as normalcy has returned to local government and the skirmishes of the last few days is what’s expected when anti-democratic agents are bent on continuing with their looting spree.
Settle was accompanied by member representing Oluyole State Constituency, Francis Adetunji, Hon Ayo Adedeji, Oyo State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, Oluyole Local Government PDP Chairman, Alhaji Mukaila Adegbola and Government Liaison Officer, Hon Olumide Akinlade Okelawa.