“A similar decision was given against the Government of Katsina State, with the same cost of N20m awarded against it.
“As far as we are concerned, the Supreme Court, by that judgment, made a policy decision, being a policy court. It was apparently sending a message to states in its attempt to protect elected local governments councils.
“Recall that the state government had long before the ruling of the Supreme Court offered to pay the salaries and allowances of the dissolved local government chairmen. The said council chairmen scuttled the bid at the time because they came up with absolute terms, insisting that they must return to the councils with all their aides.
“The government of Oyo State has full respect for the judiciary and the Supreme Court of the land and as a believer in the rule of law, the state will comply with the order to pay the salaries of dissolved local government chairmen.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission, Isiaka Olagunju (SAN) and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko, on Monday held a meeting with various political parties and aspirants contesting the May 22 local government poll.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State Mr Adewale Osifeso, who said this in a statement said the CP warned political parties, politicians and their supporters to shun violence ahead of the fresh local government poll slated for May 22.