Tension as court dissolves Ondo councils, sacks chairmen, councillors

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An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure on Friday dissolved all the 18 local governments in the state.

That was after the court presided over by Justice S. A .Sidiq sacked the chairmen and councillors of the councils.

But before the judgment was handed down, there was a controversy regarding legal representation for one of the party in the case which degenerated into a shouting match in the court.

Mr. Femi Aborisade, who represented the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) in the suit filed by the party against last year’s local councils election in the state had challenged the judge’s action on the matter.

The National Chairman of the party and former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, was also in the court.

Mr. Akinladapo Ogunleye, the solicitor general of the state represented the state government.

Also, Mr. Olusola Oke announced his appearance for the chairmen and councilors, who were claimants in the suit.

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But Justice Sidiq, in his brief ruling, said he had earlier given a verdict that recognised one Mr. Segun Ogodo as the counsel to the PRP, saying since he had earlier ruled on legal representation, he would not go back to it.

He  insisted that Ogodo, whom he had earlier recognised should stand in for PRP.

In a twist, Aborisade and Musa said they had an application to discontinue with the case, while the judge insisted that he would continue with the case irrespective of the application for the withdrawal.

Justice Sidiq gave a judgment dissolving the 18 local governments, after he overruled all the applications filed by lawyer to the claimants.