By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo state chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria ( ALGON) has rejected the judgment of the Appeal Court over the dissolution of local chairmen in the state.
In a statement issued by its chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, the group said it will proceed to the Supreme Court to appeal against the judgment.
“What the appellate court has done by this judgment was to have revised the Supreme Court judgement and technically returned the illegal power of dissolution of local government to the governors in Nigeria through the back door. This is dangerous and a setback to democracy and rule of law.
“We humbly reject the judgement and we shall proceed to the Supreme Court for a review. Our lawyers have been informed to take the necessary action.
“As elected chairmen, vice-chairmen and councilors, we will continue to defend democracy and our freely given mandate legally and peacefully until justice is done and seen to be done.
The struggle continues!,” the statement reads in part.
On Wednesday, Justice Haruna Tsammani, of the Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, set aside the Oyo State High Court judgment nullifying the state government’s alleged plan to dissolve the 33 Local Government Council executives. Delivering his judgment, Justice Tsammani, said the judgment of the lower court was based on speculations