The seemingly unending crises between the Oyo State government and the embattled ex-local government council chairmen under late Governor Abiola Ajimobi over their unpaid salaries following their sack from office by Governor Seyi Makinde, may soon be a thing of the past.
The development came following the intervention of the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu when he paid a working visit to the governor in his office.
The ex-ALGON chairman, Prince Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, was in the entourage of the minister on the visit to the governor.
A source privy to the meeting, who did not want his name in print, informed Vanguard that: “Today, peace has been brokered between the State government and the sacked members of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) as Governor Seyi Makinde promises to release the fund immediately.”
“The Minister of Power, Chief Adelabu intervened in the crisis, by appealing to the state government and representative of the Ex-ALGON, represented by Prince Aleshinloye to embrace peace.”
“The minister made the intervention on Monday, at the state secretariat during a working visit to the state Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.”
“This came to the fore as the former ALGON Chairman, was on the entourage of the Minister who was on a working visit to the state.”
“Earlier on, the governor jokingly threw a banter immediately, he sighted Aleshinloye, who was seated in one corner of the Executive Chamber during the courtesy visit when he jokinglysaid, ‘I can see Aleshinloye in this office that he did not follow the Minister on the working visit but he only came here to remind me of their money.’ The banter sent everyone laughing.”
According to the source, Adelabu intervened in the matter in a closed-door meeting with the governor and former ALGON boss, Abass-Aleshinloye, which the governor promised to settle the debt immediately.
“Before they went into a closed-door, some of the governor’s Executive Assistants and some on the Minister’s entourage including, Hon. Olayemi Gbenga, Chief Segun Olalere were sighted as they engaged in discussion while others exchanging banters.”
“In the ensuing development, Governor Makinde later proceeded to shake hands and briefly exchanged pleasantries with Prince Abass-Aleshinloye after the meeting which ended on a peaceful note,” the source added.