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LG Debate: Oyo Govt. Warns Against Violence Over Local Govt. Crisis

The Oyo State Government warned on Sunday that it will not allow the breakdown of law and order as a result of the ongoing crisis over the management of local governments in the state.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, he noted that the government’s position became expedient following the threats of violence by the sacked illegal Chairmen. He also stressed that the government can not be blind to the stay-at-home order issued to all local government workers in the state by the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).

The Oyo State Government insisted on full observance of the country’s 1999 Constitution (as amended) in relation to the ongoing controversy surrounding the dissolution of the 68 illegal Local Council Chairmen in the state. They urged the public to shun any act of violence by persons or groups seeking to derail the peace and public order in the state.

“The attention of the Government of Oyo State has been drawn to a sit-at-home order announced by the State Chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).

“The Government understands that the sit-at-home order was a response to persistent threats emanating from the sacked chairmen of local councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

“Whereas the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde will not begrudge NULGE for seeking to preserve its members from a perceived Armageddon as promised by the sacked council chairmen, the Government would like to put it on record that it will continue to stand by the dictates of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended.

“As earlier stated in a position by the State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo, issues concerning the tussle over local government administration in Oyo State are before the Court of Appeal and that the two cases are scheduled for hearing on February 19, 2020.

“Any lover of peace, progress and democracy would have no problems waiting to hear from the Court on the day stated.

“We, however, urge all workers in the state to reject any act of brigandage by any persons or groups who are merely seeking to derail the peace and progressive governance that have been the lot of the State since May 29, 2019.

“We call on the workers and the teeming people of Oyo State to please ignore the threat of violence and brigandage from the sacked chairmen and rest assured that the train of unmatched groundbreaking good governance in Oyo State started by His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, cannot be stopped,” the statement reads.

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