The suspended 16 local government councils chairmen in Kwara state have filed contempt charges against Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the state house of assembly.
The chairman of the Local Government Association of Nigeria(ALGON) in the state, Mr Joshua Omokanye disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the suspension order slammed on the councils chairmen.
He said the governor’s decision negates the judgment of a state High Court which barred him and the state house of assembly from dissolving or suspending the local government chairmen who have up till November 2020 to complete their three- year tenure of office.
Omokanye who is the chairman of Oyun local government area added: 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 June, 2019 in suit No KWS/115/2019 between Hajia Risikat Opakunle and 15 others that determined that the governor of Kwara state and House of Assembly cannot dissolve the local government councils in Kwara state or suspend the 16 local government council chairmen in Kwara state during the tenure of their respective offices that will expire on 27th November, 2020.
” Furthermore, members of the public are also being informed that the judgment referred to also affirmed that the governor of Kwara state and members of the Kwara state house of assembly cannot freeze the bank accounts of of the 16 local government councils under the chairmanship of the 16 local government chairmen.
” Till date, the judgment of the Kwara state High Court delivered on the 13-06-2019 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 if 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. ”
While rejecting the suspension order placed on them, the ALGON chairman who was flanked by other 15 council chairmen, described the governor and the legislators action as” unconstitutional, null and void and abuse of office.”
He added: ” Their actions are stillborn, non- starter, inchoate and a complete waste of the time and resources deployed to the exercise.”