- Shittu believes that the continuous running of local government areas in Oyo state with caretaker chairmen is a breach of the constitution
- The communications minister describes the actions of the governor as impunity and said it is a disservice to citizens
- The situation must be immediately corrected, he said.
Oyo state governor Abiola Ajimobi has been lambasted by communications minister Adebayo Shittu for not conducting local government elections in the southwest state.
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Shittu accused Ajimobi of ruling the state with impunity by refusing to allow the elections take place. He said such action is unconstitutional and must be brought to an end.
The minister made the assertion at the weekend while featuring on a live television programme ‘Bottom Line,’ on a Lagos-based television station MITV.
“This impunity must stop; it must be checkmated at all costs,” Shittu said and noted with concern Ajimobi’s “continued appointment of handpicked people to serve as caretaker chairmen.”
Shittu said the governor’s action “is not only a disservice to the people of the state, but also a disservice to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He had: “Facts should be said. The stakeholders are frustrated by the way the executive has been treating them.
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“The governor does not even deem it fit to invite me to the stakeholders meeting; this issue of impunity must be checkmated.”
NAIJ.com gathered that Governor Ajimobi had just on Friday, April 7 in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, installed new caretaker chairmen for the 55 local governments and local council development areas in the state.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara recently challenged state governors, in the spirit of accountability and transparency, to publish how they utilise funds allocated to local governments.
The speaker made the charge while speaking during a retreat for management of the National Assembly in Kaduna on Friday April 7.