Dissolution of elected officials illegal, unconstitutional – Supreme Court told Masari
The Supreme Court of Nigeria today Friday May 7th, 2021, in an unanimous decision condemned Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State for his unlawful dissolution of the state duly elected PDP local government Council officials in July, 2015.
The Apex court in the suit marked SC 244/218 , Abubakar Ibrahim Yantaba and others vs Governor of Katsina State, in its judgment allowed the Appeal and set aside the judgment of Court of Appeal. The court ruled that the dissolution of duly elected PDP local government Council officials by Governor Masari on allegation of financial misappropriation of councils funds is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
The Supreme Court went further and gave consequential orders directing that the unlawfuly dissolved elected PDP Council officials be paid all their entitlements from the date of their illegal dissolution to the date they were to vacate office. It also awarded costs to the Appellants and insisted that it should be complied with within a time frame.
It could be recalled that Governor Masari on assumption of office in July, 2015 unlawfuly dissolved Katsina State duly elected PDP Council officials on the mere allegation of misappropriation of Local Governments funds.