Yesterday, a Federal high court in Abuja granted the Chairmen of the 27 local government councils in Imo State sacked by the state governor, Rochas Okorocha leave to apply for a judicial review of the governor’s action.
ChannelsTv reports that in giving the lawyer of the council chairmen, Cyprian akolosa the leave to apply for a judicial review of the dissolution of the local government areas in Imo State, Justice Gladys Olotu stated that the leave so granted will
“operate as a stay in the in the interim of all actions and proceedings in the dispute between the local government councils in Imo State and the Imo State government pending the hearing and determination of the suit”.
Upon granting the above reliefs in favour of the Plaintiff/Applicant, the Judge who is sitting as a vacation Judge adjourned the case to September 11, 2012 “for hearing of the substantive application for a judicial review”.
In a separate matter before a high court in Owerri, Imo State, the state government had argued that the council bosses were inaugurated on August 9, 2010 on two-year tenure and are supposed to vacate office on August 8, 2012.
But the chairmen of the 27 local government councils differed with the argument saying that they were elected on a three-year tenure that would elapse in 2013.