By Adeola Badru
A legal luminary, who is also one of the heads of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), described on Tuesday the victory achieved in the Supreme Court ruling by the presidents of the local councils fired against the current administration as an appropriate action that will further strengthen the administrative system of local government in the country.
Chief Akintola, who made the statement, during an appreciation visit to him by the fired council chairs, in his comments, thanked the fired council heads for the visit, emphasizing that the ruling would further strengthen the attempts. of the governors of the whole country for ignoring the rule of law and strengthening the administrative system of local government.
He also hinted that plans were in full swing to ensure that the upcoming local government elections follow due process and cater for all interest groups.
Akintola, however, advised the presidents not to leave the party, stressing that only when they were under the party’s command could they fight in unity.
He said: “I would like to advise you not to spend the money that is going to be given to you anyway, you all know how hard you fought for justice on the matter, I will urge you to go do visibility studies, so when eventually received the money, try to invest it in something that is fruitful, that will bring good fortune.
“God has certainly rewarded his struggles with the Supreme Court ruling, so whatever the case, I don’t want him to leave the party for any reason, because it is through the party that ALGON exists,” Akintola said.
In his remarks, the president of the dissolved Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr. Abass Alesinloye, described the victory of the Supreme Court against the current administration and Governor Seyi Makinde’s initial attempt to pay them off as an act of practice. corrupt. and executive recklessness
Aleshinloye thanked Chief Akintola for his help and support during their legal fight.
He explained that Governor Makinde’s gesture was purely substandard without logical conviction, as the governor had tried to squander the state fund to initially pay them for work they hadn’t done while also paying their appointed interim presidents as a tactic. to cover up his illegal move to fire them, which was clearly a corrupt gesture.
He noted that they do not regret exercising their right in line with the democratic spirit and can now enjoy legitimate privileges to their claims instead of succumbing to Governor Makinde’s fraudulent attempt to pay them even through an out-of-court settlement.