Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The Osun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the State High Court, to set aside the appointment of 68 Local Government Area caretaker committee chairmen.
The APC through its counsel, Ayodele Kusamotu, Idowu Oloyede and three others, also asked the court to declare the caretaker committees constituted into the Osun State local Government Councils, Osun State Local Council Development Areas, Osun State Council area offices and Osun State Local Council Administrative Offices illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.
APC contended that the first defendant in the case, Governor Ademola Adeleke lacks constitutional power to forward names of certain persons to the Osun State House of Assembly through the Speaker to screen and confirm such names to be appointed as caretaker committee chairmen, vice-chairmen , secretaries, special advisers, members among others.
The party also prayed the court to compel all the council chairmen to refund all salaries, estacodes, imprests , allowances and benefits received from the day of inauguration.
This was contained in suit number: HOS/M210/2023 filed before an Osun State High Court , Osogbo judicial Division.
In it, the APC joined the Osun State Governor and 71 others including the House of Assembly, Osun State Independent Electoral Commission, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and 68 caretaker chairmen.
The court process, which was dated October 30, 2023, was obtained by our correspondent yesterday.
“Within 42 days after service of this summons on them, inclusive of the day of such service cause an appearance to be entered for them to this summons which is issued upon the application of All Progressives Congress, Osun State which claims for:”Declaration of inauguration of caretaker committees into Osun State Local Government Councils, Osun State Local Government Councils Development Areas, Osun State Local Council Area Offices and Osun State Local Council Administrative Offices as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional
“An order for nullification of caretaker committees into Osun State Local Government Councils, Osun State Local Government Councils Development Areas, Osun State Council Area Offices and Osun State Local Council Administrative Offices
“An order directing the Osun State Local Government Councils, Osun State Council office and Osun State Local Council Administrative Office caretaker committees to refund salaries, estacodes, imprests, allowances, allowances, benefits and any other emoluments received from the day of inauguration till date back to the account of the Osun State government/Local Government Joint Account
“General damages of N200, 000, 000, jointly or severally against the 1st-5th Defendants in favour of the claimant.
“Cost of action at N10,000,000 on favour of the claimants
“10 per cent interest on the judgement sum until final liquidation”.
The Governor of the state, Ademola Adeleke had on August 16, 2023 inaugurated the caretaker committee chairmen.