By Adams Akorede
The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter has urged the state government to continue to maintain the status quo until otherwise decided by the Court of Appeal on the dissolution of Local Government administration in the State.
The advise was given by the ALGON chairman, Prince Abass Aleshinloye on Wednesday while reacting to the High Court judgement on the suit between ALGON and the State government.
ALGON had gone to court to challenge the dissolution of the elected Local government administration by the Sate government on May 6, 2019.
The state government has however appealed the judgement and also got the ‘state of execution’ of the matter on Tuesday.
That notwithstanding, the ALGON chairman advised the State government to await the outcome of its appeal before taking any further action.
“We urge His Excellency to be patient for the outcome of his appeal at the Court of Appeal because to do otherwise, on the misconceived , misinterpreted purported stay of execution will amount to assault on our judiciary, which is also capable of rendering the said appeal pending at the Court of Appeal nugatory”, Aleshinloye said.
In the same vein, ALGON has challenged the state government and urged the Court to restrain it (the government) from setting up an ad-hoc committee to probe the finances of the local government.
Governor Seyi Makinde had set up a seven-man committee on July 1 to look into the councils accounts from January 2018 to May 29, 2019.
The committee is chaired by retired Justice S.L. Popoola.