Supreme Court to Makinde: ‘You are wrong over council dissolution’

The Supreme Court ruled against the decision of Oyo State Government to dissolve elected local government officials in Oyo State.

Governor Seyi Makinde had upon resumption of office in 2019 dissolved the council to replace them with caretaker committees.

He had ordered the council bosses who were elected in 2018 to hand over to the most senior staff in the local government area.

The council bosses in the 33 local government areas were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress and came into the power during the tenure of the former governor, late Abiola Ajimobi.

The sacked local government chairpersons led by Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye approached the Oyo State High Court to declare their removal from office as illegal.

The case proceeded to the Court of Appeal which ruled in favour of the governor, which caused the parties to appeal to the apex court.

But a judgment delivered by a panel of the apex court sitting in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory however maintained that the action of the state government was illegal.

Justice Adamu Jauro, who delivered the unanimous judgment of the apex court, also ordered that all entitlements owed to the sacked chairpersons from the date of their unlawful sack to the date they were to vacate office, should be paid to them.

With the judgment, the apex court thus set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal, which sat in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital by condemning the replacement of the local government council with the caretaker committees.

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