By Dayo Johnson
The controversy trailing the inauguration of the 18 caretaker Chairmen by Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State last week may have been doused as the chairmen resumed in their offices and subsequently inaugurated 108 interim committee members in their councils.
Findings by Vanguard’s revealed that the chairmen resumption was received with pomp and pageantry by workers in majority of the councils in the state except few.
Few skirmishes were, however, recorded in about three councils where the chairmen were resisted by some party members in the councils who complained that they were imposed.
Investigations revealed that some party members kicked against the resumption of the chairmen, saying that they were imposed on the councils while those of them that worked tirelessly for the party were sidelined and not compensated.
Governor Mimiko last week named six persons per councils as interim members after inaugurating the 18 caretaker committee chairmen.
Reacting to the few complaints in the councils, the Information Commissioner Ranti Akerele said the differences are being sorted out describing the incidence in the two councils as â€œa storm in a tea cupâ€.
Akerele said what happened in the two councils was â€œwhat should be expected in a democracy and that like we always say in our party we are one family the differences would be sorted out in a jiffy.â€
Reports from Akure South and North, Idanre, Ose, Okitipupa, Ile Oluji, Oke-Igbo, Owo, Ifedore, and others showed that the resumption of the chairmen was crisis free.
It would be recalled that the House of Assembly have asked the governor to rescind the inauguration of the caretaker chairmen because he failed to follow due process by informing the house as stipulated in the constitution.
The house said failure of the governor to rescind the decision, the Federal government should halt allocation to the councils.
But reacting to this the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) said that the esolution of the house â€œ will certainly not find comfort with the provisions of the Constitutionâ€.
Jegede said the funds due to the Local Governments â€œare constitutional and dedicated funds and cannot be interfered with by any person or authority and certainly not by a resolution of a House of Assembly.â€
â€œThe Federal Government cannot withhold constitutional and dedicated funds due to the third-tier of Government, even at the instigation of any institution of Government.
Also while justifying his action, the governor said his action was â€ to prevent a vacuum in the administration of these important tier of government.
Dr Mimiko pointed out that his government took the action after having waited for the full exercise of the rights of the parties at the courts according to its avowed deference to the rule of law and respect for the rights of all.