Group gives Inuwa 30 days ultimatum to reverse decision on Caretaker chairmen
An Advocacy group in Gombe state has given Governor Muhammed Inuwa a 30 days ultimatum to reverse its decision of appointing the local government chairmen as caretakers after the expiration of their tenure or face legal action.
Inuwa had applied and requested the Gombe State House of Assembly to approve the appointment of the eleven local Government Chairmen as Caretakers against the existing norms and procedure.
The group under the auspices of CONCERN PEOPLE OF GOMBE STATE frowned at the governor’s decision saying it’s a total disregard for the constitution of the state.
The group in a statement on Tuesday said the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs issued a Notification on the expiration of Tenure of Local Government Councils/Handing over Notes to all the elected eleven (11) Local Government Chairmen of the Gombe State.
Following the ministry’s notification on 19th December 2022, the governor applied for the appointment of the chairmen as caretakers which was expressly approved by the Assembly.
The concerned citizens said Local Government is regarded as the third tier of Government in Nigeria as enshrined in section 7(1) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
“The system of the local government by democratically elected local government councils is under this constitution guaranteed”
The group said irregular intervals for delaying in conducting the local government election as well as the appointment of Caretakers to serve and supervise the administrative functions of the local government as Chairmen is unconstitutional.
“The irregular interval for delaying in conducting the local government election as well as the appointment of Caretakers to serve and supervise the administrative functions of the local government as Chairmen is unconstitutional, illegal, null, and void.
“Therefore, in opposing the effort of the Executive Governor of Gombe State to appoint Caretakers to supervise the administrative functions of the eleven (11) local Government Councils of Gombe State, we call on the Gombe State Government henceforth to make arrangements for conducting local Government election in Gombe State.