The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Katsina State chapter has on Tuesday dragged the Governor Aminu Bello Masari led government to a court of law over swearing in of newly appointed transition or caretaker committee chairmen in the 34 local government areas of the state.
The State Chairman, Alhaji Salisu Yusuf Majigiri who stated this while addressing a press briefing at the party secretariat described the swearing in of the transition or caretaker committee chairmen as illegal and an act of impunity by the Governor.
Majigiri faulted the inauguration saying the Governor Masari administration dissolved the elected local government chairmen in place and incumbents upon assumption of office because of the political party difference and not based on rule of law.
According to him, “the dissolution of the elected local government councils in the state on the 10th July, 2015 is a gross violation of Section 7 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
We challenged this dissolution at the Katsina High Court and later appealed the unfavorable judgment at the Appeal court Katsina which upheld the judgment of the lower court.
“One interesting thing about the two judgements was the issues of stating clearly the illegality of replacing duly elected councils with transition or caretaker committees.
This case is already at the Supreme Court awaiting judgment but the state government in its bid to challenge the independence of the judiciary went ahead to constitute illegal caretaker committees.
“This too, we have instituted legal actions against this impunity. We have evidence even on Video and audio in which the Governor himself was saying they are going to bend the law to set up the caretaker committees.
“The governments act of impunity are unfortunate considering the fact that the Governor at one time was a principal law maker. The arm of government that is supposed to be responsible for preservation and enforcement of the law is unfortunately being the law bender and breaker,” Majigiri noted.
Majigiri also said that 23 out of the 34 dissolved elected local officials had instituted another legal action before the Katsina High Court against the state government.
He said that the dissolved local councils’ chairmen are seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the state government from constituting caretaker committees for the local governments.
Meanwhile, the PDP chairman has asked the state government to give account of funds that accrued to the state since May 2015 and how it was spent.