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Lawyers oppose expansion of Nasarawa leaders' tenure

27 January 2016, 10:05Augustine Osayande

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 closely.

He said NTN was seriously working underground to scuttle any attempt legally the tenure extension.

Also Read: PDP LG chairmen defect to APC in Nasarawa

“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 extension. 

- CAJ News


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