…Reminds Govt OF Fed. Govt. Letter On Reinstatement
…Vows To Use Legal Means To Get Back Mandate
Three days after the official closure of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Imo State chapter has called on the Executive Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma to rescind his action of constituting members of the Interim Management Committee to man the affairs of the Local Governments in the State or face the wrought of the law.
This is even as they expressed surprise and dismay at the Governor’s action who according to them ought to do things differently as a product of the law and the constitution.
In a release signed by the 2018 ALGON chairman in Imo, Hon. Emeka Osuorji and made available to the weekend Lead, they insist on employing every means within the ambit of the law to resume offices as directed by the Federal Government through Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Justice Abubakar Malami.
Abubakar MAlami had last year’s October asked all the suspended or sacked Local Government Chairmen to go back to their office on the grounds that Executive Governors lack constitutional power to sack.
The Ihedioha led administration had on assumption of office on 2019, suspended the Local Government Chairmen and Councillors elected under the administration of his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha.
The ALGON Imo State chapter has received with dismay, shock and consternation the announcement of Transition Committee Chairmen in the 27 Local Government Councils of Imo State by His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Our surprise only stems from the fact that we had thought that the Governor His Excellency Hope Uzodinma would have attempted to do things differently being a product of law and justice.
However, ALGON Imo State chapter wishes to inform the good people of Imo State as follows;
That we condemn the illegal appointment of Transition Committee Chairmen in Imo State in its entirety as it is a legal aberration and judicial blunder to any known law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
That the Governor, His Excellency Hope Uzodinma lacks moral and administrative jurisdiction to ignore the position of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Mohamadu Buhari (GCFR) as conveyed to the Governor of Imo State through the Chief law officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria- Abubakar Malami (SAN) the Attorney General and Minister of Justice same day the Supreme court declared him the Governor of Imo State wherein the Governor was informed that neither the State Governor nor the State Houses of Assembly has the powers to sack elected officials of the Local Governments and was consequently expressly instructed to reinstate the hitherto suspended Council Chairmen of Imo State.
That being members of the same political party- the All Progressives Congress (APC) it is very harsh for the Governor to have disengaged his party men.
The Governor should have avoided the route Emeka Ihedioha towed given the fact that we are all members of the same political party.
After all, ALGON Imo State showed and is still showing absolute support and solidarity to the Governor.
That the Governor, having declared a total lockdown in Imo State and going ahead with the announcement and swearing-in of the Transition Committee Chairmen is not in line with leadership best practices.
That the Governor, having made it clear in his maiden broadcast to the people of Imo State and in a meeting with all the Executive Chairmen of Imo State on Friday 17th January 2020 that he would not consider the use of Transition Committee hence it is illegal and turned around to constitute the same structure really leaves much to be pondered upon.
That while pledging our unalloyed loyalty to our great party (APC), ALGON Imo State is determined more than ever before to use every legal means to reclaim the mandate given to them through a validly conducted Local Government elections of 25th August 2018.
The 27 Local Government chairmen and Councillors elected under the administration of the former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha have set every mercenary in place to stop the state Governor from further interference to their rights by constituting the Interim Management Committee members at the 27 Local Governments of the State.
This is even as they reminded the Government of Imo State of the letter titled “unconstitutionality of Dissolution of Elected Local Government Council and Appointments of Caretaker Committees.
The urgent need for compliance with extant judicial decisions” by Attorney General of Federation Abubakar Malami SAN.
As contained in the said letter, which was copied to the Inspector General of Police, Director-General of State Security Services amongst others, and addressed to the ALGON Chairman Imo State, the Attorney General in October last year ordered all the members of the ALGON in the federation, Imo State inclusive sacked or suspended by their Governors to resume office with immediate effect.
Although this instruction and order were given when the immediate former Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Ihedioha was in power and every effort made by the said suspended chairmen to resume office as directed by the Attorney General proved abortive as the then Government suppressed them with security agencies.
Upon assumption of office by Uzodinma January 2020, the embattled chairmen heaved a sigh of relief thinking that as Governor of APC extraction, Uzodinma would accommodate them but the said expectations dashed as Uzodinma now appointed T.C members.
The Imo State House of Assembly had on Tuesday 31 March ordered the Executive to appoint Interim Management Committee members for the 27 Local Governments in the State pending the council election.
In line with the said recommendation, Governor Uzodinma through his secretary to the State Government had on Wednesday announced chairmen of Transition Committee for the Twenty Seven Local Government.