The lingering crisis over local government administration in Oyo State which has for about three weeks left the councils’ activities in a lull may end tomorrow with the parties,which have been exploring out- of-court settlement, are poised to end the imbroglio.
The council bosses elected in March last year by ex-governor Abiola Ajimobi, as well as, the 35 chairmen of the Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) are angling to return to office and displace Governor Seyi Makinde’s appointed Caretaker Chairmen, sequel to the directive by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami.
Both parties are at the Appeal Court over two different issues billed for February 24, but in order to avoid further crisis arising from the control of the councils as ordered by the Inspector General of Police, Governor Makinde’s administration has opted for an out-of-court settlement.
The team of lawyers for the state government, led by a senior advocate of Nigeria, Otunba Kunle Kalejaye, met last Friday with the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo, to fine tune how the resolution would be marshalled.
The team will meet with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) lawyers which comprise Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), Mr Akin Onigbinde (SAN) and other junior lawyers in the afternoon.
The proposition for out-of-court settlement which appeared to be welcomed by the Ajimobi’s sacked council men includes among other palliatives, payment of the salaries and other entitlements of the sacked bosses for the period they should spend in office.