By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned Governor Ademola Adeleke over his plan to pay severance allowance to PDP political office holders reportedly sacked in between 2008 and 2010 by the Supreme Court.
The party said it was illegal for the government to pay severance allowances to the PDP members who were unlawful occupiers of political positions in the local government councils between the year under review.
The Osun State Acting Chairman of the APC, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement issued by the party’s Director of Media and Information, Chief Kola Olabisi, in Osogbo, the state capital advised Adeleke to resist all attempts by some kitchen members of his cabinet to mislead him to engage in any illegality which the payment for the sacked local government political functionaries constitutes.
According to Lawal, a letter from the state Ministry of Local Government and Chiieftaincy Affairs with reference number CM.43/V111/14, signed by one Tajudeen Adelabu for the ministry’s Coordinating Director, dated May 11, 2023, requested all Heads of Local Government Administration in the state to forward to the ministry all the outstanding allowances owed the former political officer holders who served between 2008 and 2010.
Lawal stated that any attempt to pay the sacked local government political functionaries was an affront on the apex court of the land that had since dissolved them.
Lawal recalled that in its unanimous ruling on Friday, December 17th, 2010, the Supreme Court voided the December 14, 2007 elections conducted into the 30 local councils in Osun State by the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) consequently ordered the dissolution of the councils’ administration and immediate return to the purse of the government all emoluments received by the affected council chairmen and councilors while holding the positions illegally.
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