The bid by the sacked 30 local government chairmen in Osun State to contravene the Court of Appeal order, which kicked them out of office, has been thwarted by the operatives of the State Security Services (SSS).
It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan had dissolved the ousted council bosses and ordered that a fresh council election should be conducted in the state.
The order was in pursuant to the appeal filed by the opposition political parties in the state against the state Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) on the ground that they were not given the 150 days notice before the election as required by the Electoral Act 2006.
The appellate court turned down the verdict of the chief Judge of the state, Justice Fasaasi Ogunsola, who ordered the go-ahead of the poll on the basis that it was not necessary to give 150 days notice as required by the Electoral Act, since the state electoral body has given a mere notice to the parties in the election.
After the delivery of the judgment, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Niyi Owolade, the PDP and the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola through his press secretary, Mr. Lasisi Olagunju in different statements on both the electoral and print media said that the sacked council bosses would still continue to stay in office, despite the order of the court.
The statements gave the council bosses confidence, a situation that made them to be flexing muscle and defied court order, boasting that they would still remain in office despite the order.
However, it was gathered on Tuesday that operatives of the SSS have started disallowing the ousted chairmen from forcing their ways into the councils’ secretariats.
Reacting to the development, one of the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidates, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola’s media aides, Mr. Gbenga Fayemiwo commended the state command of the SSS for upholding the rule of law by later preventing the sacked chairmen and councillors from contravening the judgment.
He said: “In their desperate attempt to thwart the verdict and render the rule of law a nullify, the defunct chairman and councillors decided to obey the instruction of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola that the status quo ante should be maintained.
“This bid was halted by the SSS which operatives took a patriotic position of disallowing the chairmen from forcing their ways into the 30 council secretariats.
“We are indeed pleased to receive this report from the field and use this medium to commend the leadership of the service in Osun State and Abuja for abiding by the law to discourage the lawless band of impostors” Fayemiwo said.
By kazeem mohammed