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Akala, Alaafin on war path as governor disolves LG

By Ola Ajayi
THE cordial relationship between the Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi may go sour as the state government has ordered immediate dissolution of Atiba Local Government Council led by the son of the monarch, Prince Akeem Adeyemi.

The local government is under the domain of the monarch who had hitherto demonstrated an unalloyed support for the governor.

If carried out, it would bring to two possible actions that may pitch the Alaafin against the governor. Just about a week ago, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Oyo Federal Constituency, Hon. Kamil Akinlabi alleged that Erelu Water Works project which was due for flagging-off was abruptly stopped by the state government.

According to a letter from the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Hosea Agboola, which was dated 24th May, 2010, the state government failed to adduce reason for the impending dissolution of the cabinet.

The letter read, “I wish to refer to the above subject and to convey the approval of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo state, that your local government cabinet be dissolved. The dissolution which is to take immediate effect affects the following: Chief of Staff, All Supervisory Councilors, and all Special Assistants”.

Though, the son of the monarch, his Vice-chairman and the Secretary were not mentioned in the dissolution order, Vanguard gathered that the decision did not go down well with the party members in the council who were wondering what could lead to such a tall order without any tangible reason given to back up the said dissolution.

An impeccable source confided in Vanguard that the action of the state government was step one and that the next step was to “transfer all major career officers in Atiba in order to affect the exemplary performance of the Chairman. Also a plan is still in the offing to move the party secretariat in Atiba from Janta/ Lagbondoko area of the council to a new place so as to whittle down the influence of the council boss”.

It was further gathered that the brewing crisis emanated from the controversy that greeted Alao-Akala’s second term bid. The lawmaker who had a raw deal with the governor last week categorically stated that he believed that the state should have a new leadership that would portray the image of the Peoples Democratic Party in good light.


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