Owerri — The Chairman, Association of All Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Imo State Chapter, Mrs Ruby Emele, yesterday said that majority of the reinstated chairmen in the 27 local government areas in the state have resumed work.
Emele, who is the chairman of Isiala Mbano local government area, said this at a press conference held at the NUJ press center in Owerri.
She said despite restriction from the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)- led government in Imo State, the reinstated chairmen have started performing their official engagements in their various council headquarters.
She also said the council chairmen started work immediately after the judgement of the Court of Appeal that declared their dissolution by the state governor illegal. She added that other local government areas where the elected chairmen are yet to take over due to government restriction would soon receive the intervention of the ALGON.
Meanwhile, the 27 reinstated local government council chairmen who were ordered to be reinstated by the Court of Appeal judgment have condemned what they described as legally indefensible activities of Imo State government.
The condemnation was contained in a press statement issued and duly endorsed by the 27 chairmen which was presented by their spokesperson and the chairman of Ngor Okpala local government area Barr.Enyinna Onuegbu.
They accused the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Barr.Soronnadi Njoku of double standards by claiming that neither his office nor the Governor had been served with relevant court order of the judgment of the Court of Appeal. They argued that Barr.Soronnadi cannot make such claims when he was physically present in the court when judgment was delivered.
They described the ‘Notice of Appeal and Motion for Stay of Execution’ claimed to have been filed by the Attorney General of the state as legally useless, stressing that neither appeal nor motion for stay of execution had been filed.
The reinstated chairmen also stated that it is a misinformation to the public that the state government filed an appeal when the appeal was lodged without the party entering into bond and fulfilling the statutory conditions.
Sunday Trust investigation showed that virtually all the chairmen had taken over their offices in various council areas except in few ones due to government restriction.
It could be recalled that Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha had travelled to the United States of America for official engagement when the Appeal Court ruled that the sacked chairmen be reinstated by the governor.
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