the 27 suspected elected chairman of the local government area in Imo state has taken on the governor Rt.Hon.Emeka Ihedioha for his false claims on due processes and rule of law personified without his actual adherence to obeying the court judgments.
This amount to the gross misconduct and disobedience to both appeal and supreme court judgment on the issues of governor’s negative interference to the positions of elected local government council officials replacing same with his appointees. Therefore the extension of the tenure of the chairmen interim management committee for 27 councils after six months remains illegal null and void. It could be recalled that the governor, in his inauguration and swearing-in ceremony on the 29th May 2019 maiden statewide broadcast, made it loud and clear that his due process and rule of law and accountability but not sooner than later he derailed by unlawful band unconditionally suspension of the 27 elected executives chairmen,vice-chairmen and councillors for six months and thereafter appointed interim management committee chairmen and members to oversee the affairs of the 27 councils in the state. One of the affected councillors, chief Frank Mba said that their expectations are to have a harmonious working relationship with the governor even though he is from a political party for the interest of the state.
But we regretted when the governor took what he described as nasty decisions against the constitutional and rightfully elected council chairmen by following the already established appeal court judgment in a suit no CA/010/215/2011 between Enyinna Onuegbu and 26 others versus attorney General of Imo state and 3 others delivered on the 5 July 2012
The defendant is the government of Imo state lacks competent power and vires to remove the elected chairmen of their local government councils in Imo state. As a declaration that the interim management committee members as unlawful and unconstitutional to allocate statutory funds to the LGA’S to be disbursed by appointed council officials who are not being democratically elected as guaranteed and stipulated by section 7(1) of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended, Continuing, chief Mba said that the combinations of above either the recent supreme court judgment on the sacked Ekiti state No state Governor will henceforth have the powers to sack duly elected local government chairmen and the appointment of the caretaker chairmen and the appointment of caretaker chairmen is also bared. The act giving legislative powers to state Assembly members to undergo a process by sacking elected local government Chairmen is NULLED and Void. That a copy of the judgment should be served to all 36 states house of Assembly and the minister of FCT on or before the 30th December 2019.
This judgment is a sequel to an appeal filed by the 16 Ekiti state LGA chairmen who were elected during Gov Fayose Ayodele and were sacked by the incumbent governor Fayemi Fayose of Ekiti state. It is pertinent to note that the Governor through his chief press secretary Mr Chibuike Onyeukwu on the 17 June 2019 slammed a suspension order on the 27 councils chairmen and councillor’s for six months which has elapsed on the 17 December 2019.
The press releases read in part, Governor Emeka Ihedioha CON has approved the suspension of the chairmen,vice-chairmen and councillors and political appointees of the LG of Imo state and constitution of the interim management committee for six months”
According to Chief Mba, now that the supreme court has finally ruled out the matters against the state Governors and Houses of Assembly interference with the positions elected councils vice-a-vie the end of Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s six months suspensions order and the August 2018 elected chairmen expectations of possible recall order for peace and progress of the state. He, therefore, called on Governor Emeka Ihedioha to note that the Appeal court between Enyinna Onuoegbu and 26 others versus Attorney General Imo sate and three others remains subsisting one as the government is a continuing thing to respect the court judgments motions and others as earlier promised in his rebuild Imo mantra.