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We’re Instituting Contempt Case Against Oyo State Govt — ALGON

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The Oyo State chapter of the Association of Local Government, ALGON, has hired lawyer to institute contempt charge against the state government for sacking its members as council chairmen.
ALGON Boss, Hon. Abass Alesinloye who disclosed this in a statement made available to OYOINSIGHT, explained that Seyi Makinde’s administration needs to be enlightened that all court orders and judgements are valid until a higher court upturn them.
Oyo State Local Government Election was not conducted against a Court Order.
 
‘Seek ye the truth and the truth shall make you free’
 
In its response to its act of illegality of dissolving democratically elected local government administration, all discerming minds expected Oyo State Government to defend its act of lawlessness and contempt of a subsisting court judgenment on point of law and on absolute truth. But unfortunately, Governor Seyi Makinde administration opted for the path of ‘white lies’, arrogance and executive lawlessness.
 
1. Unlike the concocted lies spewed to the press by Makinde’s Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka, we hereby restate that the local government election conducted during  the administration of the ex-governor Abiola Ajimobi was never conducted against a Court Order.
 
The court order  that Chief Ilaka ‘got stranded with’ was vacated on May 10, 2018.
 There was an order of the  Federal High Court Ibadan restraining the OYSEIC prior to our election from conducting the said election but the said order was discharged on the 10th May, 2018 by Justice Joyce Abdul Malik of the Fed High Court sitting in Ibadan while delivering her judgement on the suit FHC/IB/CS/47/2018 (Olugbenga Adeyemi & Others V INEC, OYSIEC and OYSG) paving ways for the  Local Govt election which was conducted on d 12th May, 2018.
 
 2. Do not ridicule the Judiciary.
It is very ridiculous and scaring for a top government official of Chief Ilaka status to describe a judgment of a competent court that restrained Oyo State government from dissolving a duly elected local government as an ‘arrangee judgement’. We advise   Oyo State government not to do anything that will bring the Judiciary, an independent arm of government, to ridicule and opprobrum in the face of the public. Such uncouth language expressed by Governor Makinde’s chief of staff should have been left on the soapbox after political campaigns  and not be used in the arena of civil governance. Governance is a serious business, so government should be civil in conduct and public discourse.
 
The only constitutional way to redress any court judgment is to appeal not to disparage it or result to self help.
 
3. Advising ALGON to go to court by Chief Ilaka on behalf of his employer is hypocritical and self contradictory. How can a lawless  government whose spokesperson described a court judgement as ‘arrangee’ Now turned around to advise ALGON to go to court? Do they have the sincerity and credibility when the same government that flouted and derided court now advised that we should go to court?
 
This government is not competent to so advise, our lawyers are already in court to do needful and also proceed with a contempt of court case against the state government. 
 
4. All court judgments are valid.
The new government in Oyo State should be enlightened that all court orders / judgements are valid until a higher court upturn them. It is dangerous for a state  government to declare that it would only respect a court order that is valid as Governor Makinde’s Chief of Staff arrogantly stated to the press. Anarchy results when individual or government cherry – pick which court judgement he / it considers valid or not.
 
Conistituonal democracy is about rule of law not rule of men.
 
We advise Oyo State government to always tow the path of civility and rule of law. It has no power to dissolve a democratically elected local government, more so when there is a subsisting perpetual injunction / judgement by a competent court of law. 
 
Prince Abass – Aleshinloye
Chairman, ALGON, Oyo State Chapter.

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