Abuja - A group of lawyers in Nasarawa State
is mobilising to challenge arrangements to extend the term of office of
local government chairmen in the state.
Authorities plan to extend the tenure from two to three
years, a move the lawyers under the auspices of
Nasarawa Transparency Network (NTN) is opposing.
It has been established that the 13 local government
council chairmen are lobbying the leadership of the ruling All Progressive
Congress (APC) and the leadership of the state assembly amend the Local
Government Law for the extension of their tenure.
A leading member of NTN said they were watching events
He said NTN was seriously working underground to scuttle
any attempt legally the tenure extension.
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“We are working underground to take them by surprise,
knowing us may lead to intimidation, we are in the game and we know how it
works,” he said.
He further explained even if the Nasarawa local
government chairmen's tenure law was eventually amended, it did not
automatically extend their tenure.
“Since the amendment takes effect when it is passed into
law it cannot retrospectively extinguish vested rights and obligations of the
out-going chairmen and councillors," said an NTN official.
"In other words, even if the law is amended it
cannot take a retrospective effect and thereby elongate the tenure of the
chairmen and councillors from two to three years."
He said they were watching their moves and were ready to
challenge them in court.
Makpa Malla, House Committee Chairman on
Information, disassociated the State Assembly from the alleged
- CAJ News