A chieftain in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Mr. Bolaji Gbadamosi (Beejay), has stated that attempts by the “illegal local government chairmen” to deceive the members of the public on their status following the judgment of the Court of Appeal would not succeed.
Gbadamosi, a candidate for the Ibadan Southwest/Ibadan Northwest Federal Constituency seat in the 2019 general election, warned the dismissed chairmen to desist from desperately attempting to illegally perpetuate themselves in office through deceit and misinformation.
Gbadamosi also told newsmen that the dismissed chairmen were refusing to uphold their dissolution by the court but were instead spreading cheap propaganda to discredit the Governor Seyi Makinde administration.
He commended the directives of the Oyo State House of Assembly that the sacked chairmen should return government property in their care, stating that it was greedy that the illegal chairmen held on to what did not belong to them several months after their dissolution.
“One must commend the recent resolution of the Oyo State House of Assembly directing the illegal APC local government chairmen and councillors to hand over all properties of Oyo State government in their care.
“I urge the members of the Assembly not to allow themselves to be affected by the verbal assault and flagrant disrespect from the sacked chairmen, they should carry out the directives to the letter in the interest of the state.
“It is unimaginably sad and uncharitable that some individuals will continue to hold on to Oyo State people’s properties several months after they were dissolved. In fact, if they are as democratic as they are claiming to be, why not hand over the properties and wait for the outcome of their legal voyage?
“The truth is that the sacked chairmen, whose election was based on illegality in the first place, already know that their running up and down to different courts will yield no positive result. Instead of allowing the governor, whose policies and programmes have shown good intentions, to concentrate on rebuilding the state, this group of individuals have been going about deceiving the public.
“Sadly for the Abass-Alesinloye group, the Court of Appeal made it clear that their suit was different from the Ekiti State suit and since both cases are not on all fours, it is amusing why they ignorantly continue to hold the belief that there is anything left in the speculative and baseless suit.
“While we all wait for the Supreme Court to sound a death knell on their case, the people of Oyo State must warn these busy-bodies to stop distracting the Makinde administration.
“In a little over one year, this government has demonstrated its commitment to the rule of law and the wellbeing of the people at the grassroots. These ideals were missing in the immediate past government, which failed to conduct the local government election in seven years and only went ahead to conduct a last-minute kangaroo election in its eight year in office and it is clear that the sacked APC chairmen are out to derail the good vision of the Makinde government.”