…Says “We are Vindicated”
…Laments Wastage of N1.5b
…Questions N10m Paid as Salaries to each Kangaroo Chairmen
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun has hailed the sacking by a Federal High Court of kangaroo council chairmen recently elected in violation of electoral laws, saying the party is vindicated by its activism against the illegality of the outgoing Oyetola administration.
His lordship, Honourable Justice Ayo-Nathaniel Emmanuel of Federal High Court Osogbo had declared the Local Government Election that was conducted by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) on the 15th Day of October 2022 as illegal, null and void, having not been conducted in consonance with Electoral Act of 2022.
Court orders the products (Kangaroo LG Chairmen and Councillors) of the said election to vacate local government secretariats and offices with immediate Effect.
Reacting to the judgement, the State Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP, Dr Akindele Adekunle lamented that about N1.5 billion naira best deployed for workers’ welfare was wasted by the Oyetola’s administration for the conduct of the election in addition to several millions of naira illegally paid as salaries and allowances to fake council chiefs.
“We had warned against the holding of that fake selection they called an election. We had cited all relevant legal authorities to convince OSIEC to back out of the undemocratic scheme. The Commission Chairman who himself is a lawyer decided to act against clear provisions of the law to supervise this crudely executed lawlessness.
” This judgement is an affirmation of the correctness of many alerts we had issued in recent times. The outgoing Governor had deliberately committed a lot of infractions and lawlessness. We will deploy all legal means to correct the anomalies in compliance with public service rules, extant laws and the constitution of the republic”, the party leader stated.
While congratulating PDP members and people of Osun state, the party Chairman pledged that the party and its Governor-elect will right all the wrongs, protect the public service, observe due process, deliver on local government autonomy and be responsive to citizens’ aspirations.