An Oyo State high court sitting in Ibadan has adjourned the case between the state government and the sacked local government chairmen till February 21.
The case was adjourned on Wednesday following an indication that the parties involved in the matter wanted to explore possibilities of settling the crisis out of court.
The suit brought before the court by the Oyo State Government is seeking to restrain members of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria from forcefully taking over control of the councils pursuant to a letter by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
The state government and ALGON had, on February 5, indicated their readiness to explore an out-of-court settlement but the move had failed.
However, on Wednesday, the parties told the court that they were ready to explore further option at resolving the matter out of court.
Justice Moshood Abass urged the parties to exercise maturity in the matter to enable them to arrive at an amicable settlement.
Counsel for ALGON, Adekunle Sobaloju, had stated, “In the interest of peace in Oyo State, we are not opposed to the bid to resolve the dispute amicably.”
Mutalubi Ojo, counsel for the All Progressives Congress in the state, aligned with Sobaloju’s stand.
Also, the counsel for the state government, Dr Akin Onigbinde (SAN), said it was the responsibility of everyone to ensure that peace and good governance continued to reign in Oyo State.
He added, “During the last date of adjournment, the court graciously agreed that the parties should explore amicable resolution to the dispute. That was undertaken in the last couple of days and we were not able to arrive at any conclusion.
“Counsel again today agreed that further efforts be made to resolve amicably in the best interest of the state. All parties, both claimant and defendant, were unanimous on the expediency of ensuring that this matter be given the best.”
Niyi Akintola (SAN), counsel for the Attorney General of the Federation, said the option of settlement was to ensure that peace reigned in the state.
He added, “The rules of court make provisions for settlement of cases out of court and that was what parties were trying to explore because we are all stakeholders in the state and we want peace.”
Before adjourning the case, Abass said, “All parties in this matter are stakeholders in Oyo State and in the progress of the state; you should, therefore, exercise maturity in the interest of the people that the parties are striving to serve. Parties should look beyond politics and resolve the matter in the interest of the state.”