The Imo High Court sitting in Owerri has just vacated the order restraining the State Government from ending the tenure of the reinstated Chairmen.
It will be recalled that on Monday August 6th, the Local Government Chairmen were granted an injunction by Justice Ngozi Opara to prevent the State Government from kicking them out by the expiration of their tenure on August 8th.
In a recent interview, the State chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Mrs Ruby Emele was quoted to have insisted that their tenure would run till 2013. The association demanded that thirteen full months be granted at the expiration of their tenure to compensate for the lost time during the litigation process.
Madam may have to eat her words back now that the same Judge, who granted the injunction has vacated the Court order. So, what the rule of law is trying to tell us is that the tenure of the reinstated councilmen expired on August 8th.
All these could have been resolved amicably. A top government official confirmed that the Local Government Councilmen met with Governor Okorocha eight good times in the past 2 weeks. The official who spoke on strict grounds of anonymity disclosed to IMO STATE BLOG.com that there were 3 official meetings & 5 unofficial meetings to broker peace and mediate an reach an amicable agreement. Governor Okorocha had offered to appoint them T.C Chairmen (Transition Committee) in their respective Local Governments till elections were conducted. We also learnt that His Excellency offered monetary compensation as well but the Council chairmen excused themselves and asked for time to ponder over the offer.
While the Governor waited in anticipation of a positive feedback, something else was cooking behind the scenes. Last thursday, our immediate past Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim showed up in Owerri last Thursday. Under tight security, he held a meeting with the Councilmen asking them to stand their grounds. More details from that meeting can be read HERE.
IMO STATE BLOG.com also learnt that the State Government has filed with the Courts to issue a pronouncement that they don’t owe a shilling to the LG chairmen and, that their term began when they were sworn in 2 years ago by Chief Ikedi Ohakim.
Someone said this is what they call, Judicial acrobatics!
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