Wale Oyewale, Ibadan
The Oyo State Government on Thursday rejected the intervention of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), in the controversy over local government dissolution in the state.
The Attorney-General of Oyo State, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, in a four-page response to a letter by the AGF, said that though the AGF did not submit the said letter to his office, he had sourced it from the social media in view of the weighty nature of the issues.
According to Oyewo, the AGF has no business dabbling into the matter of local government dissolution in Oyo State which is pending before the Court of Appeal.
He said the statement credited to Malami was uncalled for, misguided and lacking in merit, as far as the constitution of Nigeria was concerned.
The state government maintained that Malami’s letter dated January 14, was written without adequate information and knowledge of the current position of the subject matter of the dissolution of local governments in the state.
According to the statement, the issue of local governments dissolution in Oyo State is a subject of stay/appeal that is pending before the Court of Appeal in two cases, including Governor of Oyo State versus Basorun Bosun Ajuwon, Appeal no CA/IB/300/2019 and Basorun Majeed Bosun Ajuwon versus Governor of Oyo State CA/IB/362/2019.
“It is also instructive to note that parties have filed their respective briefs of argument and the appeals have now been fixed for the 19th of February, 2020,” Oyewole said.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Oyo State said only the court could pronounce an order on the matter, which was subjudice.
Oyewo urged Malami to rise above partisan politics and advised parties to await judgment of the court in the various appeals.