It is an excellent day for Oyo State Council Chairmen and Councillors, as the Apex Court in Nigeria, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, has revoked the sacking of former Oyo State Council Chairmen and Councillors by Engr Seyi Makinde.
The Court also mandated the payment of their 28 months’ salaries and a sum of 20m against the state government for the illegal sacking of the council executive and legislative arms.
The issue that has been lingering for two years, moving from the High Court to the Appeal Court, to the Supreme Court, on Friday morning was laid to rest.
The apex court said that Makinde does not possess the legal rights to have sacked the council Chairmen and Councillors.
Though details of the judgement are still sketchy when this was published, sources say that the council chairmen and councillors were sacked few hours after Makinde took the oath of office as governor.
They were elected by the administration of late former governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The apex court did not direct them to return to their respective council areas; the court asked Makinde to pay all the council chairmen and councillors their salaries and allowances before August 2021.
While awarding a N20 million cost against Makinde
Following this judgement, the council election fixed for May 22, 2021, can now go ahead.
The opposition party, APC, whose members sued the state government to challenge their sacking, are not eligible to participate in the incoming Local Government Election.