Oyo LG Crisis: Govt Request Adjournment

Parties in a case filed by Oyo State Government on the crisis rocking the administration Local Government in the state have agreed to go back to the round table after their failure to reach agreement in their first attempt.

They made their intentions known while giving report on their first attempt of out of court settlement proposed by the Oyo state government when the case resumed at an Oyo State High Court on Wednesday.

Reporting the outcome of settlement, Counsel to the state government Dr.  Akin Onigbinde told the court the parties could not reach any agreement despite meeting twice within a week. 

He therefore applied for another adjournment for the state government to organise another discussion to settle the issue. 

On his Part, Counsel to the Minister of Justice  and Inspector General of Police,  Chief Niyi Akintola confirmed that he was at the meeting but the state government did not show seriousness with the process as it was not at the meeting with proposal of its intentions.

He therefore expressed readiness to continue with the case. 

Counsel to the embattled Local Government Chairmen Mr. Kunle Shobaloju said the embattled Local Government Chairman would not oppose the state government application to go back to the round table as long as it is in the interest of peace. 

Responding to the request of the counsel to the state government for long adjournment to allow parties to have time for discussion, Mr. Shobaloju said the adjournment should be short, because of the case at the Court of Appeal. 

The Presiding Judge, Justice Moshood Abass commended what he called display of maturity by the counsel in the matter.

Justice Abass urged the parties to explore all means of settling issues to resolve the matter. 

He therefore adjourned the case till next week Friday for the report on the settlement saying that was the last opportunity failure of which will result in the commencement of the case. 

Sunday Ogunyemi

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