Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, Kogi State chapter, Aloysius Okino has commended the judiciary for the landmark judgment which set aside the lower court ruling over the dissolution of 21 councils, saying that the judiciary has continue to remain the last hope of the common man by the Appeal Court judgement in Abuja.
The chairman disclosed this in Lokoja on Friday while reacting to the Court of Appeal judgment, Abuja division which reinstated all the 21 council chairmen in Kogi State, that was dissolved last year by the state government, on the strength of a high court judgement.
He also commended the resilience of the 21 council chairmen and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leadership for having faith in the laws of the land, saying that their victory is a boost to the PDP in the state.
In the judgement delivered by Justice Mustapha Muhammed of appeal court Abuja division, the Court declared that the dissolution of the elected councils’ boss was not only illegal but unconstitutional and unlawful.
The appellant court held that the State Independent Electoral commission, SIEC, which conducted the said election which brought the chairmen to office was properly constituted.
He averred that the 1999 Constitution (as amended) under which the members were appointed stressed that such a member must be qualified to contest the State House of Assembly, saying that their membership was legal under the law.
The court also held that since the council chairmen were not party to the suit there is no how the judgement could have affected them.
The appellant court also held that the lower court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case since the case was not instituted within three months as required by law, and therefore set aside the judgement of the lower court and ordered that the chairmen be reinstated with immediate effect.


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