July 11, 2024

Ondo 33 LCDAs: Stop embarrassing us, PDP Guber candidate, Ajayi tells Aiyedatiwa

Agboola Ajayi,

—- lts contempt of court to appoint transition committee

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

The governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party in Ondo state, Hon Agboola Ajayi, has kicked against the appointment of Transition Committees for 18 Local Government Areas and the 33 Local Council Development Areas in the state despite a court injuction.

Recall that an Ondo State High Court, had pronounced the 33 LCDAs created by the Rotimi Akeredolu’s administration as inchoate and unlawfully created.

The Court held that the Local Government Creation Law 2023 was unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.

Governor Aiyedatiwa, through his Chief
Press Secretary, Ebenezer Adeniyan, in Akure, said the appointment “followed the postponement of local government election.

The statement said that the transition committees are to oversee the affairs of the LGs and LCDAs in the State until the local government election is held by the electoral body.

Aiyedatiwa added that ” the State government is currently examining the concerns raised by some communities over the delineations carried out during the creation of the LCDAs with a view to making the necessary amendments

But while addressing newsmen in Akure, the Governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party,Hon Ajayi, said Aiyedatiwa should stop embarrassing the state by his faulty actions.

Agboola Ajayi said; “While we were still appealing on how to resolve the inconsistency and incompetent attitude of the present government as regards the creation of LCDAs. Only to learn that he has appointed caretaker committee members to none existing LGs and LCDAs.

“In law, as at today, Ondo state has 18 Local Government Areas.

” You will remember that the PDP went to court to say that we cannot appoint caretaker committee but you have to conduct an election so that government can be very close to the grassroots.

“We expect them to conduct the election but the next we saw was the inauguration of LCDAs and that was part of their inefficiency and leadership failure.

“This morning again, we heard that they have appointed members of the caretaker committee to all the nullified 33 LCDAs and the 18 local government areas of Ondo state and we felt that we should call the attention of the good people of the state to it maybe they don’t know that the Supreme Court is going to nullify the process.

“We keep repeating it that what they are doing to the local government administration in Ondo state is wrong and criminal, they should allow local government administration to be run by the people at their various local government levels and the Supreme Court has spoken this morning and we want to thank the Supreme Court for putting final decision to this matters.

“Any government that is now doing otherwise, is not just killing democracy but is amount to contempt of court and that is the exactly what our governor has done.

“You would recalled also that a competent court in this state has given a verdict, nullifying the creation of the 33 LCDAs that was created by our late governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu but what we read today was that the present government has come up with their own actions.

“And we are appealing to the government to stop embarrassing the good people of Ondo state, they should correct what is wrong so that we can meet the standard, they should protect the constitution, they can’t just say that what the court said does not concerned them.

“Ondo Government should please stop embarrassing us, we are law abiding, what they might have done wrong, they should go and correct it.

“If you want to provide jobs for your boys, your party members, he (Aiyedatiwa) should give them the jobs that is legal. You can’t just put something on us and you expect it to stand.

Also, the states People’s Democratic Party, has described the appointment of transition committee for the 33 LCDAs by the governor as a flagrant disrespect for the court verdict.

A statement by the party’s publicity secretary, Kennedy Peretei, said that “it is the height of lawlessness and impunity for Aiyedatiwa to appoint Committees for LCDAs that are non-existent in the eyes of the law.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ondo State Chapter wishes to advise the Governor to respect the laws of the land and stop embarrassing the people of the state with his actions that make us laughing stock in the comity of civilised people.

Also, reacting, a Lawyer and human Rights Activist, Tope Temokun, said that the governors action ” is illegal and it is replacing of illegality with another illegality.

Temokun, said that “any other body, committee or whatever name so-called, constituted to oversee the affairs of the local governments, other than democratically elected body, is a nullity to the extent of its conflict with the clear provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

” Any other body, committee or whatever name so-called, constituted to oversee the affairs of the local governments, other than democratically elected body, is a caretaker committee in disguise, no other name and it has been notoriously condemned and rejected by the people and the court across state boundaries.

” Governor Aiyedatiwa owes the people many explanations on this new path of deliberate illegality he has chosen to toe and should address the people why he is building the new foundation of Ondo State government on a notorious illegality.

” He should tell the people if he had demanded explanations from the State Independent Electoral Commissions, ODIEC, why it is postponing elections into the local councils and he should tell us the answers he got.

“He should explain to the people of Ondo state if ODIECs postponement of election is not a charade, a scam and an arrangement to create a justification for this aberration.