The last may not have been heard of the controversy between the Accord Party, the strongest opposition party in Oyo State and the Government of Oyo State, over the proposed creation of thirty-five new Local Council Development Areas Governor of Oyo State, as leader of the Accord Party and former Governor of Oyo State Senator Rashidi Ladoja described the proposed creation of 35 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, in the state, as a plan to avoid the conduct of local government elections. It should be noted that the Oyo State Government is yet to conduct Local Government elections five years after assumption of Governor Abiola Ajimobi to office as the governor of the state.
Ladoja, while addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Monday the 3rd of October 2016, said the Accord Party views the move as a booby trap, designed to provoke the opposition party into taking the legal option so that the state government can now find another excuse to further delay the conduct of the election.
Ladoja said: “Governor Ajimobi, had said during the swearing-in of the 33 caretaker chairmen to local governments in the state that they had just three months after which the council elections would be conducted. Local government election was last conducted in the state on December 15, 2007, during the Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala administration. I don’t know the reason why the local government election has not been conducted. It is wrong for any government not to allow the constitution to take its place.” Ladoja who was the governor of Oyo State from 2003-2007 added: “Local Government elections should have been conducted but they (the APC government) continues to give excuse after excuse why the elections have not be conducted.”