Former Local Government Chairmen in Oyo State have berated the State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde over his refusal to comply with the Supreme Court judgement that declared his dissolution of elected Local government administration illegal and ordered the State to pay the salaries and allowances of the council chairmen as compensation over the action.
A statement issued by former Chairman of the Association of Local Government Chairmen of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye on behalf of the chairmen, said the governor had remained evasive about implementation failing to meet the August 7, 2021 deadline given by the Supreme Court for the State Attorney General to file an affidavit attesting to the payment of the salaries in compliance with the court order.
Abass-Aleshinloye bemoaned that the Oyo governor had not deemed it fit to comply with the order adding that a similar judgement was given against Governor Bello Masari of Katsina State and since complied with the Apex court’s order.
The former Chairmen bemoaned that Makinde was treating the judgement with executive contempt, pointing out that they are going to follow through a judicial process for enforcement of the judgment and payment of their salaries.
Among others, the statement restated the court’s pronouncements to include payment of salaries and allowances of the claimants/appellants which they were each entitled to for the period from 29th May 2019 ending on 11th May, 2021.
Parts of the statement read, “Since the explicit Supreme Court judgement, which is the judgement of the final court in the country with no option of appeal, hit Governor Makinde like a thunderbolt, Oyo State Government has been in disarray.
“Instead of following the path of honour and pay us, Oyo State Government belatedly invited us for a meeting for payment implementation after the expiration of the August 7, 2021 deadline given by the Supreme Court for the State’s Attorney General to file an affidavit “attesting to the payment of the salaries hereby ordered to be paid to the Claimants/Appellants in compliance with this order(s)”.
“We attended the meeting despite our misgiving about the evasive character of the governor and trademark insincerity of the state government. We were proved right because the whole purpose of the meeting was to buy time and make illegal attempts to review the Supreme Court pronouncement.
“Pitifully, there’s nothing the Governor can do now than to obey this judgement because it is trite in law that no matter who you are, how powerful you think you are, the law is above you in a constitutional democracy governed by rule of law.
“If Governor Makinde had taken the path of honour, sobriety, lawfulness and obedience to the highest court of the land whose judgement is law, and emulate the Governor Masari of Katsina State who got a similar Supreme Court judgment against his government for illegally dissolving elected local government councils in his state and promptly started payment even before the August 7, 2021 deadline for “an affidavit (under the hand of the incumbent of that office) attesting to the payment of the salaries hereby ordered to be paid to the Claimants/Appellants in compliance with this order(s)” as clearly stated in the judgement, Oyo State wouldn’t have been pushed to this state of lawlessness, huge debt and ridicule before the entire nation and the civilized democratic global community.
“Since the Governor has decided to be expectedly lawless and treat the judgment with executive contempt and rascality, we have decided, as usual, to respond to this lawlessness by pursuing the path of justice.
“We are on with the process of enforcement of the judgment debt. The law must take its course so that the Governor and other unlawful governors in the future will be taught a lesson on how to be lawful and responsible and to comply with the Supreme Court judgment which no Jupiter in the country can violate, disobey or treat with contempt and go scot-free without punishment.”
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