Ondo lawmakers battle Mimiko over sack of council chairmen

Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko

The lawmakers said they took the action in line with the laws of the state.
A crisis is brewing between the leadership of the Ondo State House of Assembly and the State Government over the sack of nine local government caretaker chairmen in the state.

The council chairmen were removed from office for their refusal to submit staff audit in their councils, and other related offences.

However, contrary to the rumour making the rounds that that the state executive was privy of their sack, it was gathered that the lawmakers took the decision unilaterally.

The lawmakers were said to have acted in line with Section 3 of the Ondo State Local Government Law to ensure good governance and probity in the third-tier administration.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, is unhappy with the state legislators for their decision.

Sources said the state government was so uncomfortable with the sack that it is considering making a move to effect a change of leadership at the State Assembly, though majority of the lawmakers are still backing the leadership of the House led by Samuel Adesina.

Some of the lawmakers also privately expressed their dissatisfaction with the state executive over recent deductions from their allowances.

As at the time of filling this report, the sacked chairmen from Akure North, Ose, Ifedore, Ile Oluji/Oke-Igbo, Ilaje, Ese-Odo, Idanre, Owo and Akoko North were still in charge of their various local government secretariats and disallowed the replacements to resume work.

Sources added that state government officials on Monday met with the newly appointed acting caretaker chairmen, where they condemned the action of the State Assembly for sacking the former council bosses.

At the meeting, the new chairmen were ordered not to resume office until Governor Mimiko returns from his overseas trip.

The Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Information, Oyebo Aladetan, said the House took the decision in accordance with the nation’s constitution.

He said the decision to sanction the council bosses was taken to put them on their toes and make them accountable to the people.

However, one of the sacked Chairmen, Femi Ofakurin, said the decision of the house was not taken in good fate.

Though he declined to speak further, Mr. Ofakurin, the Chairman of Akure North Local Council, said the matter would be resolved amicably by the Labour Party leadership.


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