As the State Government challenges the court order empowering local government Chairmen to remain in office, the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has cautioned the government against the creation of local governments.
The party said its concern was that such a development would cause confusion in the state.
The party spoke through its Director of Publicity, Ayo Fadaka. It said it was aware of an alleged plan by the new government to embark on the exercise , in order to appoint members of the All Progressives Congress , to take control of the councils.
The party also alleged that the APC-led government had a plan to starve the existing local councils controlled by the PDP of funds, adding that the creation of LCDAs would only cause unnecessary tension in the state.
” If they think they want to create LCDAs because those that currently control the local government in the state today are members of the PDP, we must tell them that they are really preparing for a serious discord in our state. If it has been that a single party that controls the local and state governments, it would understand what the state government is doing is in furtherance of effective administration. But what they are hoping to do is to design a way to undermine the current local government chairmen and destroy the local government system and create tension for no reason”.
Fadaka noted that, ” The PDP as a party is totally against the creation of LCDAs, in the state, the LCDAs are yet to be recognized by the constitution of this country. ”
But the Vice Chairman, APC in the state ,Engr Ade Adetimehin, said the PDP was only insinuating wrongly.
He explained that government had no plan to create LCDAs at the moment, noting that the thinking of the new government was how to move the state forward.
” I don’t know where the PDP got their information from, creating LCDAs is not a small process and it is not in our plan for now. We just took over the government what we are doing now is how to move the state forward. The PDP are just raising unnecessary alarm”.
In the judgment delivered by a former state Chief Judge, Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi (who retired recently), the court upheld the claims by Alarapon and 34 others, among whom were councillors, that the council officials were democratically elected to serve for a tenure of three years which would end on April 25, 2019.