Suspended Local Government Areas chairmen in Imo State have berated the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, for appointing interim chairmen for the 27 LGAs of the state and vowed to resume office on November 30, 2020, along with their councillors.
The elected chairmen of the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State under the aegis of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, frowned on their alleged illegal suspension on July 17,2019 by the administration of ex-governor, Emeka Ihedioha, pointing out that Ihedioha, defied a valid lawsuit against the state government to carry out the action.
Addressing journalists in Owerri, on Thursday, the state chapter ALGON Chairman, Chinwe Chima, expressed the determination of the chairmen to resume work while appealing to security agencies to provide the necessary cover to enable them do so.
He wondered why Ihedioha, ignored an order issued by the office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) which directed that they be allowed to return to work.
The chairmen said, the Supreme Court judgement granted in favour of Governor Hope Uzodinma on January 14, 2020 restored their hope that justice will be done “because of the affinity we have with the ruling party, as all of us are from the All Progressives Congress.”
They noted that the governor had earlier assured them that there would be nothing like transition committee under his watch.
They argued that the Federal High Court Owerri recently declared the Caretaker Chairmen appointed by the Governor as “ghost workers” and directed the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee to stop funding the local governments in the state until the validly elected chairmen returned.
However, the Commissioner for Lands and former Chairman of Ngor Okpala LG Council, Chief Enyinnaya Onuegbu said, “Let us watch till November 30, 2020, to see what they can do. However, I want to tell you that there is an order for Stay of Execution from the same court, Federal High Court Owerri, that gave them judgment and also from Court of Appeal Owerri where an appeal against the same judgment is presently pending.”