Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Kogi Rerun: Wada Reinstates Sacked Council Chairmen

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi state has reinstated sacked council chairmen, which is in obedience to Court of Appeal ruling that order for their immediate reinstatement.

The reinstated council bosses were sacked last year by a High Court order.

The removal of the chairmen was challenged by the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties and dragged the state government to court over the decision calling it illegal and improper constitution of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), Vangaurd reports.

The High Court had declared that the constitution of SIEC and its actions was ‘ultra vires’ which lead to the sack of the council chiefs.

Not still please with the decision of the High Court, Kogi state government filed an appeal before Court of Appeal which ruled that removal of the council chief was illegal and therefore order for their immediate reinstatement.

In obedience to the ruling, Governor Wada has, however, ordered for the immediate reinstatement of the council chiefs and councilors on Tuesday, November 24.

Some of the affected chairmen had already defected to the All Progressives Congress. The governor statement ordering for the resumption of duty was silent on the fate of the defectors.

Vanguard reported that one of the reinstated council chiefs, Folorunsho Daniyan praised the governor for his decision to honour the court’s judgment.

Meanwhile,the Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday,November 23 2015 said it would apply available legal provisions on the recent development over Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State.