Oyo LG election: Ex-SSG, Alli warns of looming anarchy


A former Secretary to the Oyo State Government and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Barrister Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli has warned Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state and the State Independent Electoral Commission, OYSIEC, not to lead the state into a state of anarchy.

He spoke on the alleged refusal of the duo to obey a court order, which asked OYSIEC to suspend the local government election billed to take place on Saturday May 12th.

Alli, in a statement mailed to DAILY POST on Monday in Ibadan, the state capital by his Director of Media and Publicity, Hon. Taiwo Ibrahim, declared that refusal of the state government and OYSIEC to obey the last Wednesday’s Federal High Court order by Justice Joyce Abdulmalik, which ordered for the suspension of the election, could lead to a state of anarchy.

The PDP chieftain while condemning the outbursts by both the state governor and the electoral commission that they will go ahead with the election despite the court order, described such statements as “arrogant display of power by the governor and the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, OYSIEC.”

Alli said “Governor Abiola Ajimobi has been warned not to lead Oyo State to a society of anarchy with his purported refusal to obey a court order on the local government elections.

“This attitude of impunity can lead to a state of anarchy if those in authority believe that court orders have no effect on governance.”

Alli added that, “One wonders why Ajimobi is now expressing enthusiasm on the local government elections, few months to the end of his tenure, the responsibility he has jettisoned for seven years if not for a sinister motive.

“It is curious to note that his principals in Abuja have been advocating for scrap of that important tier of government judging from the report of Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who lead a committee set up by APC on the local government system”.

Alli further alleged that “Presently, workers in twenty local governments are being owed salaries ranging from five to twelve months”.

He then urged Ajimobi to use the money intended to be wasted on what he described as “a kangaroo exercise” to offset the backlog of salaries.


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