Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has mandated the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; for immediate disbandment of caretaker committees and restoration of elected local government representatives in Oyo State.
This is contained in a letter issued by the minister and addressed to Prof. Oyewo Oyelowo; Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State with reference HAGF /OYO /2020 /Vol. I/I.
The letter dated 14 January 2020 was entitled; “Unconstitutionality of dissolution of elected local government councils and appointment of caretaker committee: The urgent need for compliance with extant judicial decisions.”
Meanwhile, 1st News had reported that Makinde had on assumption of office in May 2019; dissolved the elected local government executives in the state, a year into their administration.
In the same vein, the governor had also in December 2019; inaugurated caretaker committees for the 33 local governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
“The need to immediately disband all caretaker committees and restore democratically elected representatives to man the local governments has, therefore, become obligatory,” he said.
Malami requested that the commissioner take positive steps to ensure compliance; adding that the president and other relevant agencies would advise on further compliance measures to be taken in the national interest.
According to Malami, “in view of the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter; that is binding on all 36 States of the Federation.
“The common practice by some state governors; in dissolving elected local government councils is unconstitutional, null and void.
“So also any system of local government run by Caretaker Committees are outrightly illegal and unconstitutional.”
In the same vein, he urged Makinde to reverse himself over the dissolution of local government administration in the State.
The letter reads further; “to this end, I hereby request all their Excellences, State Governors and Speakers of State Houses 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 steps by ensuring compliance with the above in the overall interest of the rule of law and our democracy,” it said.
In conclusion; Malami said that copies of the letter has been sent to the IGP, DSS, EFCC and NFIU.