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Makinde warns the former Oyo LG chairmen, “You’re distracting me

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has claimed that former local government chairmen who were fired in 2019 are interfering with his administration.

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The sacked chairmen, according to the governor, had been diverting attention away from his administration by any means possible.

The former council bosses were chosen in 2018 during Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s administration, as the Janescope remembers.

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Makinde fired the previous council bosses in 2019 after they were chosen for three years in office.

According to the janescope, the former council leaders were able to obtain a court ruling directing the freezing of state accounts at ten commercial banks.

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Makinde failed to pay the former council chairmen their entitlements, so they went to court.

In response, Makinde said that his administration would not give in to pressure to transfer public funds until all available legal avenues had been taken.

He went on to say that unless the Supreme Court requests it, he will not pay the council bosses.

Speaking on Saturday, Makinde stated: “We decided that they had to go because they did something that was not in line with the Constitution, but I could have worked with anybody.”

“It wasn’t the first instance. Though it might 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 chairmen and installed his own officials. The same thing occurred in 2011 upon the arrival of Governor Abiola Ajimobi. He disintegrated them.

“Those people that were dissolved in 2007 and 2011, this administration is still paying their entitlements. When it got to 2019, they went to court, the case was dismissed and they were forum-shopping, going to different courts until they got to the FCT High Court.

“I was going to go after them and somebody in my legal team came and said it was an abuse of court process. The FCT High Court is in its own jurisdiction as the Oyo State High Court that dismissed this case in the first instance. On that particular act, I was distracted, and I don’t easily get sidetracked.

“But I have news for them; they will not get a dime till the Supreme Court asks us to pay. I will not pay the wrong individuals. I still held a meeting yesterday with the team. It is nothing to worry about. This is a government that is based on the Constitution.”

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