The 75 minor chiefs installed at the tail end of the last administration have been described as political appointments alien to Yoruba kingship stool, which could bring embarrassment to traditional institution and the State at large, if not reversed.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape stated this in a media chat in Abeokuta, saying 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.
The Commissioner noted that the step was necessary 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 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”.