The Ogun State government has justified the reversal of the appointment of 75 coronet Obas appointed towards the end of former Governor Ibikunle Amsosun’s administration.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape who spoke to journalists at a press conference in Abeokuta, the State capital on Monday, described the appointments as “political appointments alien to Yoruba kingship stool”.
Afuape insisted that the appointments could bring embarrassment to traditional institution and the State at large, if not reversed.
He said, the appointments were revoked because due processes in installing traditional rulers were discarded, thereby ran foul of the standard in crowning Obas in the State.
Afuape noted that the step became imperative to prevent traditional institution from decadence, as the institution should be respected at all times, assuring that those who have genuine cases would be allowed to start the process again and be reinstated, if qualified.
“They (the sacked monarchs) know that there are process and procedures. Let them start the process again, if they are qualified, they will be given the Oba’s stool”, Afuape said.
Speaking on appointments of Caretaker Committee for Local Governments, Afuape pointed out that, the State had not contravened the law, explaining that the Ogun State Local Government law had made provision for the Governor to take the decision.
According to him, ‘’Ogun State Local Government Law No. 26 of 2002, No. 37 of 2006, section 5, stated that; “if, upon expiration of the term of office of a Council or Local Government Chairman, elections to fill the vacancies thereby created, cannot for any reason, hold as stipulated by this law, the Governor may by order, appoint a Transition Committee of not more than seven members, consisting of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary, to oversee the affairs of such Council or Local Government, subject to the approval of majority of members of the House of Assembly.
“Where a Transition Committee is appointed under the provisions of (1) of this section, the Transition Committee shall have and discharge, in accordance with this law, all the combined functions and power of such Council or Local Government, as stipulated under this Law or any other enactment”.