The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State has hit back at the All Progressives Congress, insisting that the Local Government election conducted by the immediate past administration of Abiola Ajimobi was in defiance of court order.
The APC had declared Governor Seyi Makinde’s decision to dissolve the local government administration in the state unconstitutional, adding that the plan to appoint caretaker chairmen is illegal and unacceptable.
The APC further warned Governor Makinde against appointing caretaker chairmen in the state when the tenure of those elected had ended.
In a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Akeem Olatunji, the PDP however reiterated that the election conducted by Ajimobi in the seventh year of his administration was against democratic tenet and Rule of Law.
“We are aware that the said council election that was conducted by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi was held in defiance of injunctions of the courts. We are also aware that the said election was held into 68 local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), a clear affront on the Constitution of Nigeria, 1999, which recognises only 33 local governments in Oyo State,” he said.
PDP also flayed the main opposition party for calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to intervein in the local government dissolution in the state.
It said the APC needed to be trained in democratic governance and constitutional process and procedure as far as Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution (as amended) is concerned.
The party said: “It is appalling that a party that has led this state, the Pacesetter State for good eight years, could still harbour undemocratic tenets, such that it could be calling for invocation of extra-constitutional means for the resolution of issues relating to the management of Local Government Councils in the state.
“Initially, we thought that such an idea would only be bandied by the sacked council chairmen, who were blinded by unbridled ambition. We were, however, shocked to see the APC regurgitating a similar idea earlier circulated by the illegal council chairmen.
“Let us freely offer the APC the advice they really deserve. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) clearly guarantees the democratic system of governance in the local governments. The same constitution also enables the Houses of Assembly of the States to make laws for the administration of local governments, while also guaranteeing the establishment of joint State and Local government accounts.”
PDP therefore reiterated that Governor Makinde’s decision to dissolve local government administration produced by the immediate past administration of Ajimobi was the right step in the right direction.