Aâ€™Court reinstates 21 sacked Kogi LG bosses, councillors
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday reinstated the 21 Local Government chairmen sacked by Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State.
A Kogi State High Court, sitting in Koton Karfe, on December 9, 2014, nullified the May 4, 2013 local government elections that produced the chairmen and their councillors.
Delivering judgment, Justice Mustapha Mohammed held that the decision of the lower court was a judicial error.
The Judge said the appeal brought by the appellants had merit, adding, â€œIt is hereby allowed.â€
He ordered the Kogi State Government to immediately reinstate the sacked council chairmen and their councillors, relieved of their appointments before the expiration of their tenures.
â€œThe Court has perused the substance of the matter and left without an option but to nullify the dissolution carried out by the governor,â€ he said.
The trial judge, Justice Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye, in his judgment, ordered the appellants (Chairmen) to hand over to the most senior Directors in their Local Government Areas.
He had held that the elections of the sacked 21 local government bosses conducted by the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission were contrary to section 200(1) of 1999 Constitution as amended.
He stressed that the composition of KOSIEC at that period remained unconstitutional, illegal and void.
Omolaye-Ajileye had held the chairmen and their councillors were sacked strictly to promote the principle of fairness, independence and transparency as prescribed by the law.
However, Justice Mohammed said the decision of the lower court was misleading and therefore required to be overturned.
â€œHaving considered the appeal, urging this court to reinstate the 21 Local Government chairmen and their councillors from Kogi State back to their offices, the penal is obliged to do so.
â€œThe Kogi State Government is hereby ordered to immediately, without delay, reinstate the appellants back to their jobs,â€ he said.
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