The chairman of Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of Oyo state, Olamiju Alao-Akala, who was suspended by four councillors in his council area on Monday, has stated that his alleged suspension is unconstitutional, illegal and a nullity as only a validly inaugurated legislative arm of the local government council has the power to suspend him.
Speaking with OYO INSIGHT, Olamiju said that he would shelve his leave and resume at the office today.
Olamiju, the son of the gubernatorial candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Oyo state and former governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala had decamped from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to his father’s party, ADP, last Thursday.
He added that he is taking the purported suspension with a pinch of salt as it has no legal or constitutional backing, urging the councillors-elect to wait be inaugurated before confronting him with illegal suspension and not cause unnecessary chaos in the peaceful town of Ogbomoso.
“On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, I received a letter conveying my purported suspension from office as the Executive Chairman Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of Oyo State by minority councillors-elect, through the Head of Local Government Administration, Mr. M.F Afolabi.
“My purported suspension by four of the 10 elected councillors is illegal, null and void. The legislative councils of local government areas in the state are yet to be inaugurated since our elections in May 2018; therefore, the meeting where my purported suspension was agreed was unconstitutional. It is noteworthy that the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) and the Oyo State Local Government Administration Law clearly states the procedures for suspension and/or removal of a duly elected council chairman.
“Based on the provisions of the constitutions, only a validly inaugurated legislative arm of the local government can deliberate and recommend suspension and/or removal of an executive Chairman to the the state House of assembly for a final decision. Unfortunately for the four councillors-elect, they are yet to be inaugurated neither do their number constitute the required quorum (two-thirds of the councillors-elect) in the circumstances.
“It is my honest suggestion to the Councillors-Elect and the purveyors of violence and impunity nudging them on, to exercise some patience until their inauguration, for them to now confront me with whatever grievances they may have against me, instead of acting without capacity, an action that appears to be a prelude towards throwing the peaceful town of Ogbomoso into some artificial and avoidable crises.
“Stemming from the above, I have decided to take the purported suspension with a pinch of salt, since same is predicated on a non existent foundation. Our courts have long settled it, as enunciated in the popular case of UAC V. Macfoy that “…..you cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand”. Hence, this is a comedy of the absurd, and I urge all concerned to at least, pretend to act a bit of honour, even if they lack same.
He however allayed the fears of the citizens and residents of Ogbomoso North Local Government Area who voted him into office that he is still in charge and his three years mandate shall be dedicated to serving them better with a promise not to betray the trust and confidence that have in him.