Olamijuwonlo Alao-Akala, the suspended Chairman of Ogbomosho North Local Government Area has mocked All Progressives Congress (APC) over the purported action.
Olamijuwonlo is the son of the immediate former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao Akala who is also the gubernatorial candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the forthcoming election.
Alao-Akala jnr was allegedly suspended by four out of the 10 councillors of the local council.
TheEcho reports that since their election in May 2018, no legislative council has been inaugurated across the pace setter state.
The APC premised their action on alleged anti-party activities of Alao-Akala jnr.
The former Chairman had defected to ADP to support the political ambition of his father.
Reacting to the suspension, he noted that he was an elected chairman and as such, due process should be followed to oust him.
Read the statement below:
“My purported suspension by 4 of the 10 elected councillors is illegal, null and void. The legislative councils of local government areas in the State are yet to be inaugurated since our elections in May 2018; therefore, the meeting where my purported suspension was agreed was unconstitutional.
“It is noteworthy that the 1999 Nigerian Constitution 1999 As Amended and the Oyo State Local Government Administration Law clearly state the procedures for suspension and/or removal of a duly elected council chairman. Based on the provisions of the constitutions, only a validly inaugurated legislative arm of the local government council can deliberate and recommend suspension and/or removal of an Executive Chairman to the state House of assembly for a final decision. Unfortunately for the 4 councillors-elect, they are yet to be inaugurated neither do their number constitute the required quorum (two-thirds of the councillors-elect) in the circumstances.
“It is my honest suggestion to the Councillors-Elect and the purveyors of violence and impunity nudging them on, to exercise some patience until their inauguration, for them to now confront me with whatever grievances they may have against me, instead of acting without capacity, an action that appears to be a prelude towards throwing the peaceful town of Ogbomoso into some artificial and avoidable crises.
“Stemming from the above, I have decided to take the purported suspension with a pinch of salt since same is predicated on a non-existent foundation. Our courts have long settled it, as enunciated in the popular case of UAC V. Macfoy that “…..you cannot put something on nothing, and expect it to stand”. Hence, this is a comedy of the absurd, and we urge all parties concerned to at least, pretend to act a bit of honour, even if they lack the same.
“My attention has also been drawn to the laughable statement made by the Chairman of APC in Ogbomoso North LGA, Mr. Bukola Badmus, wherein he purportedly suspended me from the party, APC, even when I have since left the APC for a truly progressive party Action Democratic Party (ADP). This is not only laughable but a pointer to the degree of frustration and looming failures that seems to stare in the face of the APC of Ogbomoso North LG in the coming elections. I am already out of that sinking ship, I wish them well.
“I want to allay the fears of the citizens and residents of Ogbomoso North LGA who voted me into office, that I am still in charge and my 3 years mandate shall be dedicated to serving you better. Once again, I pledge not to betray the trust and confidence you have in me”