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DISSOLUTION OF LGs: REIGN OF ILLEGALITIES HAS STARTED IN EKITI

By Lere Olayinka
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Dissolution of Local Government Councils in Ekiti State by the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has been described as the beginning of the regime of illegalities and attack on the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) government in the State.

Wale Ojo-Lanre, Chief Media Aide former governor, Engr. Segun Oni, who said the council dissolution is a Jankara way of governance that cannot not stand added that; “with the Jankara dissolution, which is not only illegal but an affront on Nigeria's Constitution, the ACN government has shown that it is out to destroy the rule of law, which the foundation on which democracy stands.”

“This morning, the governor of Ekiti State in flagrant disregard for the rule of law, announced the dissolution of the duly elected Local Government Councils in the State.

“This was done in spite of an existing case at the Appeal Court, which was instituted by the ACN party and in flagrant disregard for the Constitution of Nigeria.

“It is record that the ACN lost the case it instituted against the composition of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) but lost at the lower Court. The party then headed for the Court of Appeal where the case is still pending.

��Without doubt, this is not only a flagrant abuse of our democratic process and a breach of the Rule of Law and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, which the governor sworn to uphold but also an usurpation of the powers of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.

“For emphasis, it is only the State House of Assembly that has powers to legislate on the administration, including dissolution of local councils and for someone who became governor through the judiciary to have perpetrated this kind of illegality deserves condemnation from all lovers of rule of law in the country.

“We therefore call on all lovers of constitutional governance in the country to prevail on Fayemi to toe the path of Constitutionality and not to take any action that would further aggravate the political tension in the State.

“He should at least respect our judiciary by waiting for the decision of Appeal Court, Ilorin on the case instituted by his own party before rushing to dissolve the council to provide job opportunities for his supporters and also create a leeway for the looting of the council treasury to pay his Lagos sponsors what they spend on his elections and tribunal cases.

“Elected Chairmen and Councillors in the 16 local government are therefore urged to disregard the dissolution and continue with the running of their respective local councils,” Ojo-Lanre said.