Oyo ALGON to receive Full Salaries and Allowances – Supreme Court Affirms

The apex court seated in Abuja on Friday affirms that all local government chairmen and councillors that were sacked by Oyo State Governor, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde, be paid their full salaries and allowances.

Supreme Court fined Oyo State Government with a sum of N20million and also ordered the Attorney General of the state to ensure compliance by the state government with a deadline of August 2021.

Recall that the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, had earlier affirmed the sacking of the LG chairmen elected during the administration of the immediate past governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

The chairmen operating under the auspices of the ALGON elected in 2018 were sacked on May 29, 2019 by Governor Makinde.

ALGON had earlier approached an Ibadan high court to contest their sack.

Makinde and Oyo State had appealled the judgment of the lower court which gave ruling in favour of the sacked chairmen. Since May 2019, Oyo and ALGON had been at loggerheads over the control of the LGAs and LCDAs. They however lost the battle to retain their seats at the Court of Appeal.

Abass Aleshinloye thereafter proceeded to the apex court. According to him, the directive of the governor is illegal, undemocratic, violation of rule of law and a contempt of a subsisting court injunction against any dissolution of local government authorities.

The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State, has rejected the Court of Appeal ruling which described its case as speculative on the dissolution of elected Chairmen and Councillors in the state.

Chairman of Oyo State ALGON Prince Ayodeji Abass- Aleshinloye had declared that it was an anomaly for the Governor to dissolve elected local government , just like the Federal government canot dissolve state government, even as he said they would approach the Supreme Court for redress.

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