By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Following the six months suspension of all local government chairmen of Kwara State by the State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday so as to investigate an alleged fund misappropriation in their local government areas.
The Chairman Association of Local Government Of Nigeria (ALOGON), who doubles as Chairman of Oyun Local government Area, Mr Joshua Omokanye has described the governor’s act as unconstitutional, null, void and abuse of office.
The Chairman flanked by 15 other Local Government chairmen stated this at a press conference held on Wednesday in Ilorin.
The Association chairman added that the acts were stillborn, non-starter, inchoate, a complete waste of time and resources deployed to the exercise.
“We state clearly and categorically that the action of the Governor of Kwara State and members of the Kwara State House of Assembly in purporting to suspend the chairmen of the16 local government councils in Kwara state from office are not only unconstitutional, null and void and abuse of office, their actions are stillborn, non-starter, inchoate and a complete waste of time and resources deployed to the exercise,” he said.
According to him, members of the public are being informed that there is a valid subsisting and final judgment of the Kwara state High Court, Ilorin delivered on 13th June2019 in suit no KWS/115/2019 between Hajia Risikat Opakunle and 15 others versus Governor of Kwara state and two others that determined that the Governor of Kwara State and House of Assembly of Kwara State cannot dissolve the Local Government Council in Kwara State or suspend the 16 Local Government chairmen in Kwara State during the tenure of their respective offices that will expire on 27th November, 2020.
He said the members of the public are also being informed that the judgment referred to also affirmed that the Governor of Kwara State and members of Kwara State House of Assembly cannot freeze the bank account of the sixteen Local Government Council under the chaimanship of the sixteen Local Government chairmen.
“Till date, the judgment of the Kwara state high court delivered on 13th June has not been set aside, vacated or nullified by any court of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria be it the High court that delivered the judgment or court of appeal and it is not to our knowledge that any appeal has been lodged before any court of appeal by the Governor of Kwara state or Kwara State House of Assembly,” he added.
The Local Government chairmen however said they would remain in office till the end of their respective tenure which was guaranteed by law validated the judgment of Kwara State High Court.