Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has written to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on the dissolution of elected local government chairmen in the state.
Malami in a letter dated January 14, 2020 addressed to the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, Prof. Oyewo Oyelowo, said the dissolution of the elected chairmen and the constitution of caretaker chairmen are unconstitutional.
He said based on the Supreme Court decision on the issue that is binding on all the 36 states, the dissolution of elected local government officials is null and void.
“So, any system of local government run by caretaker committee is illegal and unconstitutional.
“I hereby request all 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 letter read.
Makinde had dissolved all local government officials who were elected during the administration of immediate past governor, Abiola Ajimobi because of an alleged faulty process.
“The need to immediately disband all caretaker committee and restore democratically elected representatives to man the local governments has, therefore, become obligatory.
“Mr President and other relevant agencies will be advised further on compliance measures that should be taken in national interest.”
The letter marked HAGF/OYO/2020/Vol.I/I., was titled, “Unconstitutionality of dissolution of elected local government councils and appointment of caretaker committee: the urgent need for compliance with extant judicial decisions.”
Copies of the letter were sent to the Inspector-General of Police; Director-General, DSS; acting Chairman of the EFCC and the NFIU.