REVERSAL OF 75 OBAS: OGUN STATE GOVERNMENT LACK WISDOM OF INTERPRETATION OF LAWS - OGUNWOOLU - NATIONAL TRUMPET

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

REVERSAL OF 75 OBAS: OGUN STATE GOVERNMENT LACK WISDOM OF INTERPRETATION OF LAWS - OGUNWOOLU

One of the foremost politicians in Ogun state, Hon. (Prince) Sharafadeen Ogunwoolu have alleged the Ogun State Government under Prince Dapo Abiodun for lack of wisdom to govern the state in terms of law interpretation.

This came shortly after the state government reverse the appointments of seventy-five coronet obas been upgraded by the last administration led by Senetor Ibikunle Amosun.

Prince Ogunwoolu who is also eyeing for the sit of Agura Gbagura before the appointment and installation of Oba Saburee Babajide Bakre gave a 21days ultimatum for the state government to reverse the new Agura's appointment.

This is contained in a Press Release signed by Prince Ogunwoolu  who is the Chairman, Ogun central Voters Club of Nigeria said he is ready to challenge the state government at the court of law, if it fails to reverse the appointment and installation of Oba Saburee bakre.

The release reads:

PRESS RELEASE

OGUN STATE GOVERNMENT LACK WISDOM OF INTERPRETATION OF LAWS, ADVISED TO TERMINATE APPOINTMENTS OF TRANSITION COMMITTEE IN THE 20 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OF OGUN STATE

Various Newspapers report with different captions between 7th & 8th February, 2020 that Ogun State Government led by Dr. Prince Dapo Abiodun finally demote/cancelled the appointment of 75 Chiefs recently promoted by the Senator Iibikunle Amosun led administration within 1st February 2019 – 29th May, 2019.

It will be recalled that on the 30th May, 2019, Ogun State House of Assembly passed into Law a bill nullifying all appointments made by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led Administration within 1st February – 29th May, 2019, the bill sponsored by Rt. Hon. Suraj Ishola Adekunbi (Prince) with Hon. Olakunle Taiwo Oluomo (Prince) and Twenty Four other legislators, and short titled ‘Nullification of irregularities (Amendment) Law 2019 with section 2(ii), 2(iii) and section 3, enacted nullifying All appointments / actions of Ogun State Government from 1st February – 29th May reversed and order for review of:

All appointments/Employment into Ogun State Civil Service, enterprises and other matters therewith. With the assent of Governor Dapo Abiodun who signed the Enactment into Law on the 14th June, 2019, it has become a law of Ogun State Government that ALL appointments made by Senator Ibikunle Amosun led Administration from 1st February to 29th May, 2019 became nullified/reversed and ordered for reviewed. (Or does appointment of Saburee Babajide Bakre made on the 6th May, 2019 not fall into the category?).

If the law nullified and order for review, All appointment made between the period, Does ALL means Exoneration of any appointment made within the period?

Ogun State Government under the Administration of Dr. Prince Dapo Abiodun set up a Chieftaincy review committee with Oba Kehinde Adegbenle, Olu of Ilaro as Chairman to review Appointments and promotions, installation of Traditional rulers.

Their terms of reference are:
To identify all the Obas, Chiefs, where appointment or promotion fall within review period as contained in the recent resolution of Ogun State House of Assembly.

Determine on a case by case, basis, whether such Appointment or promotion is in accordance with the Extant Laws of Ogun State and due process.

Identify and address any other issues that the committee may considered relevant to its assignment.

Make appropriate recommendation as deemed necessary to the Government.

The Committee acknowledged the receipt of complaints / petition from Egiri Ruling House of Gbagura that selection, appointment and crowning a non-member of Egiri ruling house, Saburee Babajide Bakre without due process, and negates the provisions of the Chief Law of Ogun State 2006 and the Agura of Gbagura Chieftaincy Laws, the instrument of such appointment.

We challenged the Ogun State Government, its committee on Chieftaincy Affairs of compromising their statutory functions by failing to treat the issue of Agura of Gbagura which it acknowledged receipt of complaint/petition on failure to observe due process in the selection, appointment and installation of Saburee Babajide Bakre as Agura Gbagura, a non-member of the Egiri Ruling House.

Or is his appointment published in the Nigeria Tribune Newspaper of 1st June, 2019 not fall within 1st February 2019 – 29th May, 2019?

ON THE ISSUE OF APPOINTMENT OF TRANSITION / CARETAKER COMMITTEE IN THE 20 LOCAL GOVERNMENT OF OGUN STATE,                Dr. Prince Dapo Abiodun having underrated all other registered Political parties by appointing members of APC as transition Committees in the Local Governments as also contravene the provision of the Code of Conduct Law, Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office sworn to by him on the 29th May, 2019.

I guess the Ogun State Government relied on the provisions of Ogun State Local Government Law 2000, the Law is full of Inconsistencies, Hence Chapter 1 part 1, section 1, 2, 3, and 7 of the 1999 constitution had declared it null and void, hence appointment of transition/caretaker Government in Our Local Government is illegal and unconstitutional.

Section 131, 65 (1), 106 of the 1999 Constitution set out the qualification of persons to contest for President, member of National Assembly and State House of Assembly, these means, Occupying such post shall be on Election.

Ogun State Government under the Administration of Dr. Prince Dapo Abiodun is advise to terminate the appointment of All person appointed as Chairman/members of the Transition Government or Committee in the 20 Local Government, or see this as 21 days pre-action notice to challenge it the Law Court.


Alhaji (Hon.) Prince A.S. Ogunwoolu
Chairman, Ogun Central Voters Club of Nigeria
& a Principal Member of Egiri Ruling House of
Iddo Gbagura, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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