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Imo Govt V Suspended LG Chairmen


The long protracted legal battle between 2018 sacked local government chairmen, councilors, and Ihedioha which transmitted to Governor Hope Uzodinma as the Respondent would come to an end by July 1st, 2020 as federal High court Owerri has fixed the stated date for judgment.

This followed the adoption of final written addresses by both the lawyers of the plaintiffs and the petitioners.

Speaking at the last sitting which took place on Monday 8th, the presiding judge,  regretted the longevity of the matter hence the affixed date for the judgment.

In his arguments in the court, the leading counsel to the petitioners, Barr Uba Maduabuchi Submitted that he came to court for the court to enforce the avalanche judgments in respect of the instant case while regretting how Governors who took the oath of office to protect the rule of law would turn back to sack elected council chairmen and councilors.

It would be recalled that Ihedioha led administration upon assumption of office, suspended the council chairmen and councilors elected in 2018 by former Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration.

This suspension took another dimension when the six months which the said suspension was to last and when the complainants tried to reassume offices as agreed, another six months suspension was issued to them by the Ihedioha led administration.

However, the suspended chairmen and councilors had a sigh of relief when Uzodinma’s administration came on board on the 14th of January 2020.

As an APC led government, the suspended persons thought and believed that the suspension embargo would be lifted but to their chagrins, the Uzodinma’s administration upheld the said suspension hence the decision of the embattled chairmen and councilors to remain in court.

One of the grounds which the former administration gave as a reason for the suspension of the chairmen was that their election never followed the rules and regulations guiding local Government elections as the said election was held on the autonomous community basis which hitherto increased the numbers of the councilors to what it used to be.

However, one of the implications of the judgment which expectedly would come up on the first remains that it may revive the impending similar case which is before the supreme court where also the chairmen and councilors elected under the administration of Ohakim and sacked by Okorocha’s led government to seek Court’s interpretation.

However, where ever the pendulum of the judgment goes on ist, it may not be an end to the legal tussle as any of the party that loses can still approach the higher courts.

In the same way, the same matter which is in Owerri High court is likely going to adopt the final written addresses today.

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