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Supreme Court Barred Governors from Sacking Local Government Chairmen

Olaitan Nurudeen




Supreme Court Barred Governors from Sacking Local Government Chairmen

The Supreme Court of Nigeria in a five man panel headed by Justice Olubolade Joe in unanimous judgement finally put to rest as it barred state governors from having the power to sack elected local government chairmen and councilors henceforth.

The undemocratic act is not limited to a party in Nigeria. Whenever an opposition party won the governorship election, the habit is to sack the chairmen who mostly are members of the former ruling party and then installed members of their party to lead the local government as caretakers.

Other areas of the ruling that took place on 11th December, 2019 includes:

  1. No state Governor will henceforth have the power to sack dully elected local government chairmen and the appointment of caretaker chairmen is also barred .
  2. The act giving legislative powers to state Assembly members to under a process of sacking elected local government chairmen is NULLED and VOID .

  3. That only the legislative arm of the local government Council is empowered with residual constitutional backing to sack council chairmen only on areas found wanting to gross misconduct to rules guiding public servants as it’s done to the president and Governors of states.

  4. That a copy of the judgement should be served to all 36 state Houses of Assembly and the Minister of FCT on or before the 30th December 2019.

This judgement is sequel to an appeal filed by the 16 Ekiti state LGA chairmen who were elected during the last administration of governor Ayodele Fayose of People\'s Democratic Party and were sacked by the incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressive Congress. Many people believe  that the ruling is long overdue and thereby commend the Supreme Court.

Justice Olubolade Joe five man panel of the Supreme Court finally buried the powers of state Assemblies and Governors from sacking dully elected local government chairmen.

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Nurudeen Olaitan is a Linguist, Teacher, and Adventurer. He is Passionate about Sport, Travelling, Writing, & Politics. He puts Humanity above anyone or anything & hold Honesty and Integrity in high esteem.Reach him via or @nurdeanO on Twitter


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