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Ondo LG Caretaker Committee Is Illegal – PDP


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chapter in Ondo State, on Monday described the newly set up caretaker committee in the 18 Local Government Areas of the state by Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu as illegal.

The party also condemned the roles allegedly played by the governor in the dissolution of the Local Government administration and the setting of the caretaker committee to  run the affairs of the local councils.

Speaking on behalf of the party in Akure, the state capital, the spokesman of the PDP Elders Forum in the state, Chief Segun Adegoke, condemned the judgment of Justice S.A Sidiq of the State High Court which dissolved local government administration in the state .
He said the PDP would challenge the judgment at the appellate court.

The high court on Friday delivered a judgment which dissolved the local government administration in the state on the ground that the April 2016 Local Government election was improperly conducted, thereby sacked all the elected chairmen and councillors.

Adegoke said it was embarrassing that the governor could be involved in an alleged political illegality by appointing caretaker committee to run the affairs of the council areas.

He said, “We wish to state our disappointment in the fact that the judiciary has become an extension of inter-party politics in Ondo State as manifested by the ignoble manner Justice S.A Sidiq handled this matter, a very senior judge of his status simply chose to perpetrate injustice, it is indeed a sad day for our state.

“We also feel disappointed that a government headed by a one time President of the Nigerian Bar Association and Senior Advocate of Nigeria could contrive to abuse the judicial system and commit institutional rape all in the expediency of political machination, this easily. It clearly indicates that some people are not committed to what they had previously professed.

“Most disappointing is the indecent haste with which an illegal caretaker committee was set up to take over the functions of the elected council officials, it is now clear that the administration of Akeredolu has taken from the back door, positions it failed to contest during the local government elections, this is a clear hijack and it is criminal.”

Adegoke urged members of the PDP in the state to keep hope alive, saying the party was sure of getting justice at the appellate court .

“We will do all that is required at the higher court to ensure that the perfidious contraption that the judgement of S.A Sidiq represents and the actions of the Akeredolu government on same issue is reversed swiftly,” he declared.


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