Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has stated that the removal of former local government chairmen in 2019 is interfering with his administration.
The previous council leaders were chosen in 2018 while Governor Abiola Ajimobi was in office. But in 2019, Makinde fired them.
According to Daily Post, The former chairmen, who felt wronged, managed to obtain a court ruling directing the freezing of state accounts in ten commercial banks. Makinde failed to pay the former council chairmen their entitlements, so they went to court.
The governor, addressing the matter, claimed that the dismissed chairmen had been diverting his government’s attention with every conceivable tactic.
Before allowing the state’s funds to leave its control, Makinde issued a warning, saying his administration would not give in to pressure.
He went on to say that unless the Supreme Court requests it, he will not pay the council bosses. “I could have worked with anybody,” he continued, “but we determined they had to go because they did something that was against the Constitution.”
“It wasn’t the first instance. Though it would appear that I made that choice based on past events. No, my decision was based only on the belief that we cannot establish a foundation based on unconstitutionality.
“In 2007, there was internal strife within the party that included Governors Alao-Akala and Ladoja. The moment the late Alao-Akala entered, he dismissed the LG chairman and installed his own officials.