LG Chairmen: Katsina PDP ask Masari to comply with Supreme Court ruling
The Katsina State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Salisu Yusuf Majigiri has called on Governor Aminu Bello Masari to comply with the recent judgment of the Supreme Court verdict by reinstating the hitherto sacked elected local government (LG) chairmen and councilors in the state.
Hon Majigiri made this call on Tuesday at the state PDP secretariat while speaking with newsmen shortly after meeting with sacked Vice-chairmen and councilors.
The party Chairman also commended the Supreme Court and Justice Olubolade Joe who led the five-man panel that delivered the judgment.
Recall that the Supreme Court of Nigeria in a five-man panel headed by Justice Olubolade Joe in a unanimous judgment delivered on December 11, 2019 strips state governors of the power to sack elected local government (LG) chairmen and councilors.
The appointment of caretaker chairmen by state governors has also been banned by the same court ruling.
The Supreme Court ruled that henceforth ‘the act giving legislative powers to state Assembly members to undertake the process of sacking elected local government chairmen is null and void’.
The panel of judges unanimously declared that only the legislative arm of an LG Council is empowered with the residual constitutional backing to sack council chairmen that maybe found blameworthy of any gross misconduct or violations of rules guiding public servants.
This judgment is a sequel to an appeal filed by 16 Ekiti state LG chairmen who were elected during Ayodele Fayose’s tenure as Ekiti State Governor and were sacked by the incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state.
This Supreme Court judgement has finally put an end to the abuse of power by state assemblies and governors who sack elected LG chairmen at will.
Justice Olubolade Joe-led panel also directed that a copy of the judgment should be served to all 36 State Houses of Assembly and the Minister of FCT on or before December 30, 2019.