Makinde accuses sacked LG, LCDA chairmen of plots to destabilise Oyo state 

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has accused chairmen of local governments and local council development authorities sacked during his first term of office of trying to destabilise his administration.

Raising the alarm during an end-of-the-year media chat hosted by the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) and aired by 16 radio stations across the state, Saturday, the governor said the sacked chairmen had been using all underhand methods to distract his government and hurt the people of the state, noting, however, that they would not succeed.

Governor Makinde, who was responding to a question on a recent garnishee order on state government accounts obtained by the sacked chairmen, said they were on a frolic of legal rascality and that his government would not bow to pressure to pay the state’s money into wrong hands until all legal means were exhausted

Justifying the sack of the ex-LG chairmen, the governor said their election was premised on unconstitutionality, adding:  “I was not wrongly advised and if I have to take the decision all over again, I will do exactly the same thing. 

“Before we came in, the previous administration had elections into the constitutionally recognised 33 local government areas as well as the LCDAs. So, that was the basis for our decision. I could have worked with anybody but, because they did something that was not in line with the constitution, we decided that they had to go. 

“I have news for them; they will not get a dime till the Supreme Court asks us to pay. I will not pay to the wrong people. I still held a meeting yesterday with the team. It is nothing to worry about. This is a government that is based on the constitution.”

Speaking further, the governor said his government would turn the economic situation in the state around shortly, adding that though there had been a major impact in the country due to economic challenges, the state would be in a far better situation in a few months.