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Sacked Imo LG chairmen petition AGF over disregard of S’Court verdicts

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Imo State council chairmen who were removed by the Governor Hope Uzodimma’s administration have asked Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to end politicians’ disregard for Supreme Court verdicts in the country.

Former Chairman of Isiala Mbano Council Area, Jude Mbachu, who spoke to journalists on behalf of the sacked local government bosses said: “Because of Malami’s silence over the sack of elected local government officials by some governors, the act has continued in most states, especially Imo.”

Mbachu noted that Malami was responsible for upholding public interest above politicians’ personal interest, insisting that with the current setup, democracy would continue to elude the council areas if he failed to save the third tier of government.

“There is a Supreme Court judgement on the sack of council officials in Ekiti State. So, Malami has an opportunity to give effect to Section 271 of the Constitution at the Supreme Court and right the wrongs in the nation’s local government system.

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“That means, whether the Supreme Court judgment does not have effect in any other state than the one that first instituted the case, it will help to stop the governors’ impunity.

“If the Supreme Court ruled that the governor has no right to sack elected chairmen and councilors in Ekiti State, that judgement should be binding on all states of the federation. But, Malami kept quiet and the disregard for the constitution continues,” he lamented.

Mbachu further advised Malami to approach the Supreme Court to seek interpretation of the judgment as it affects the 36 state governors to ensure that justice prevailed.

This, he said, would also save time spent on litigations in the courts and enable the elected officials to use their mandates for the interest of the masses.

“That way, the matter will be treated faster before the amendment of the Constitution rather than asking sacked or suspended local government officials by any governor to go to the High Court afresh where the matter will spend up to 18 months and another 12 months at the Appeal Court, before finally going to the Supreme Court where it will spend another six or nine months.

“We’re talking about how Nigeria can be fixed and we have a court judgement that asked the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) to stop releasing Imo council allocation unless it is released to the chairmen. Malami should have made efforts to protect the judgement of the court,” he added.

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