Nigeria’s Attorney General Asks Oyo Governor To Reinstate Sacked Local Govt Administration
Nigeria’s attorney-general, Abubakar Malami has asked the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde to reinstate elected local government administration in the State and dissolve his interim arrangement.
In a letter to the state governor through his attorney general, Malami said it is imperative that the state governor respects the ruling of the Supreme Court on the matter and reinstate the sacked administration at the third tiers of government in the state.
“The need to immediately disband all caretaker committee and restore democratically elected representatives to man the local governments has, therefore, become obligatory.”
Malami said in view of the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter that is binding on all 36 States of the Federation, “the common practice by some State Governors in dissolving elected local government councils is unconstitutional, null and void. So also any system of local government run by Caretaker Committee are outright illegal and unconstitutional.”
“To this end, I hereby request all their Excellencies, State Governors and Speakers of State House of Assembly, who are currently acting in breach of the provisions of Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and also acting in disobedience of the Supreme Court judgment highlighted above to immediately retrace their step by ensuring compliance with the above in the overall interest of the rule of law and our democracy. The need to immediately disband all caretaker committee and restore democratically elected representatives to man the local governments has, therefore, become obligatory.”
While the attorney general said the President and other relevant agencies will be advised further on compliance measures that should be taken in the national interest, he counsel the state attorney general to take positive steps to ensure compliance with the Supreme Court position on the matter.