The 2018 suspended Local Government chairmen and their Councilors would know fate Wednesday, July 1st as Federal High Court situated in Owerri would be handing down the judgment on the protracted legal battle between the Local Government chairmen and Councillors elected under the regime of senator Rochas Okorocha and were suspended by the Ihedioha led administration.
This is even as the Twenty Seven Local government chairmen and their Councillors as gathered by Lead Newspapers would storm the Court premises on the said date to witness the court process as well as the judgment proper. Ihedioha led administration had few weeks after assumption of office in 2019, suspended for six months, the chairmen and councilors elected under the regime of his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha on the recommendation of the 9th Imo House of Assembly, chaired by Chiji Collins as the speaker.
The said suspension however was greeted with varying reactions.
While some condemned the action of Ihedioha on the grounds that such action had the capacity of making the state economy redundant the economy of the state particularly at the grassroots, others precisely, the politicians supported the action which according to them was a way of paying Rochas back on his on coin having abinitio, dissolved the chairmen and councilors elected under the administration of his predecessor, Ikedi Ohakim.
The said suspension nearly resulted in a bloodshed in the state when the embattled chairmen attempted to reoccupy their offices when the six months suspension elapsed but were not allowed to do so by security agencies on instructions of the then Governor Ihedioha even when justice Tanko issued a letter where he expressly informed the nation that Governors lack constitutional powers to sack elected chairmen and councilors in Nigeria.
At the last adjourned date, the counsel to the plaintiff’s Bar, during his submission informed the court that he came to expose the court on the avalanche of judgments of the courts which forbid Governors from sacking or suspending the elected chairmen and councilors.
After arguments and counter-arguments, the court adjourned for judgment on Wednesday first.
This struggle took another dimension when Governor Uzodinma came on board as the new Governor of Imo State under the platform of the APC.
The leadership of the group thinking that as APC Government, Uzodinma would reinstate them got disappointed when the Governor appointed Interim Management Committee Chairmen in the Twenty Seven Local Governments of Imo to oversee the affairs of the LGAs pending the council election which date is yet to be fixed.
Speaking with the Lead, the 2018 ALGON chairman and Ideato South Local Government chairman, Emeka Osuorji charged his colleagues to remain law-abiding while the court decides their fate
According to the chairman who expressed confidence in the judiciary as the last hope of the common man, he called on the Governor to play the role of a father pointing out that it may not be in the best interest of the party, for Apc fighting APC, he admonished.