Kogi LG Chairmen Ordered to Hand Over

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The 21 local government chairmen in Kogi State have been asked to hand over to their Directors of Local Governments (DLGs).

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Joe Abraham, gave the order in a radio broadcast.

The state High Court, presided over by the Chief Judge, Mohammed Nasir Ajana, had struck out a case filed by Mr. Yomi Mohammed, praying the court to stop the government, the first defendant, from sacking the council chairmen after the expiration of their three-year tenure.

Justice Ajana had ruled that the first defendant was not legally bound to conduct elections into the councils within 150 days, before the expiration of the tenure of the chairmen and councilors.

According to him, the first defendant could not be compelled to comply with Section 108 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 in exercising its power under Sections 18 and 37 of the state’s Local Government Electoral Law 2004 for the issuance of notice of elections into the councils.

Justice Ajana ruled that by virtue of Section 18 of the Local Government Electoral Law 2004, the first defendant should publish a notice not later than 14 days before the date of the council elections.