The sacked local council chairmen have condemned the suggestion by Governor Seyi Makinde to pay them off, describing the idea as anti-thetical to the war against corruption.
A letter, written to the counsel to the state government, Mr. Akin Onigbinde, by ALGON through its lawyer, Kunle Sobaloju, said the suggestion was a disservice to the people of their local councils and Oyo State to collect financial compensation in lieu of their constitutionally-guaranteed tenure.
The association, which expressed appreciation to the government for recognising and acknowledging their mandate as the democratically-elected officials of the 33 local councils and 35 local council development areas (LCDAs) respectively by offering to pay them their salaries, said:
“We refer to your letter dated February 20, 2020, and have brought the contents of the said letter to the notice of our clients which they have considered, and by this letter, we wish to communicate their response to you.
“We have our clients’ instruction to express their appreciation to His Excellency for recognising and acknowledging our clients’ mandate as the democratically-elected chairmen and councilors of the 33 local councils and 35 LCDAs in Oyo State by offering to pay them their salaries and allowances.
“However, our clients consider it a disservice to the people of their respective local councils and the entire people of Oyo State to collect financial compensation as proposed by you in lieu of their constitutionally-guaranteed election tenure.
“Our clients are equally of the view that accepting financial compensation by way of your calculated salaries and severance allowances would amount to aiding the breach of the constitution and may also lead to violation of anti-corruption laws by collecting salaries and allowances for a futuristic job tenure yet to be lived out.
“We, therefore, have our clients’ instruction to inform you that the financial pay-off proposed is unacceptable to them.
“We appreciate your efforts towards the amicable settlement of issues between the parties and convey our professional regards of the highest esteem.”
Source: News update