Gubernatorial candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the March 9th election in Oyo State, Engineer Hakeem Alao has urged Oyo State Government under the leadership of Mr. Seyi Makinde and the sacked Chairmen of 33 Local Government Areas and 35 Local Council Development Areas led by Mr. Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye to stop what he called disdainful attitude towards one another.
Alao maintained that the need for the two warring groups to shelve their swords is necessary, in order not to keep subjecting people of the state to unnecessary psychological torture and socio-political-economic suffering.
The AD gubernatorial candidate was reacting to the political imbroglio currently happening in the state, where both the sacked chairmen and the state government are claiming and flexing muscles over who are the authentic chairmen of the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs in the state. https://dailypost.ng/2020/01/28/no-injunction-can-remove-us-from-office-sacked-chairmen-dare-makinde/
Alao while speaking said that the current crises rocking local government administration in the state where local government workers have declared a compulsory sit at home, where local government administration has been put on hold, will continue to hinder progress of the state if not tacked immediately.
Alao in a statement made available to NAIJA INSTA in Ibadan, the state capital on Wednesday insisted that the people of the state have suffered for too long, hence nobody should foist terror on them.
He appealed to the state government and the sacked chairmen to remember that all of them are brothers and sisters, warning that they should henceforth stop disdainful attitude towards one another.
Alao said, “All of us are brothers and sisters, let us all stop disdainful attitude towards one another so we do not keep subjecting the masses to unnecessary psychological torture and socio-political-economic suffering, an approach which will continue to hinder our progress individually and collectively. Our people have suffered for too long and nobody should foist terror on them.
“Two wrongs never make a right and illegality does not make another illegality legal.
 The sitting governor, Engr Seyi Makinde would have led above board if he had found another well informed better way to deal with the rot he met at the grassroots at his inception in office.
 As for Abubakar Malami and the IGP, why not wait for the outcome of the case already instituted in the court regarding the matter instead of creating unwarranted tension in Oyo State, staying action a little on the implementation of the Supreme Court judgement on the state?
“This state, which we have found our dear state, is a sorry situation which ought not to be where our state regarded as a “pacesetter” should be.
 This situation calls for the concern of everybody as it worries one very painfully and makes one ask why must we be in this hateful and sorry situation.
 Nothing has been responsible for all this other than self-centeredness, ego, winners-take-all syndrome, abuse of power and public office, oppressive and unforgiving spirit in our political leaders.
“Since the administration of the duo of Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja and Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala to the regime of Senator Isiak Abiola Ajimobi, public governance at the grassroots level in Oyo State has been deviled with ineptitude and underdevelopment arising from the tussle of who should legitimately govern the third tier of government in the state.
“This situation has held for so long that it has hindered development so badly and made the government at the level appear non-existent.
 Towards the tail end of the regime of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, after seven years in the saddle precisely, he conducted once in the lifetime of his 8-year regime a statewide local government election, which the main opposition party then in the state, PDP, has faulted and regarded it as lacking acceptable democratic processes.
“The governor of the state then, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, swore in those believed to have been elected in the said election.
And as usually, the case is across the nation, no single seat was won by an opposition party, even councillorship seats.
 Senator Abiola Ajimobi successfully installed those elected at the local government election held on 12 May 2018 as helmsmen in all the 68 local governments and LCDAs in Oyo State.
 When Senator Ajimobi’S party, APC, lost in the last governorship election, the new elected governor of the state, Engr. Oluwaseyi Makinde, on assumption of office in May 2019, dissolved all the elected councils on the ground that the process and the election that brought the chairmen and the councillors into office were not properly carried out, not known to the acceptable democratic ethos.
“By 23 December 2019, a new set of chairmen and sole administrators were sworn in as the new helmsmen to run the third tier of government in Oyo State in interim capacity, pending new democratic election into the councils in the first quarter of 2020.
 It is not yet clear whether the election would hold as promised by Governor Makinde in his first quarterly media chat on BCOS as we are already in the first quarter and no serious signs that any election would hold and considering the logjam presently militating against the third tier of government in the state at the moment.
Following the sack of the Ajimobi-elected council helmsmen by Governor Makinde-led administration, APC as a political party and the sacked council chiefs under the umbrella of ALGON have not relented in their effort to get back to office.
 Their effort was given a boost when the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, issued a letter, on the strength of a Supreme Court judgement, which was circulated on social media, to the governor through the office of the Oyo State Commissioner for Justice to reverse the appointment of the caretaker chairmen and reinstate the sacked APC-elected chairmen”.