Lagos - Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, lacks the power to dissolve the elected and operating Local Government Councils in the State, the local chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared.
“We therefore wish to advise him to find time to read the relevant portions of the Constitution and educate himself on his lack of powers to dissolve Local Government Councils duly elected by the Rivers people,”
Rivers APC Chairman, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, stated.
“If he claims that he has powers to dissolve the Local Government Councils, he is invariably saying that the Federal Government has powers to dissolve his illegal government without following due process.”
Ikanya said any such action by Wike would not only be an exercise in futility but would be in clear contempt of court as the issue was currently before the Port Harcourt Federal High Court.
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He said besides, the Supreme Court had severally ruled that Governors lacked the powers to sack elected Local Government Councils as in the case of the removal of 148 elected Local Government Councils by the Abia State Government in 2006 and subsequent Court of Appeal judgments on Imo and Ekiti states in 2012 and 2013 respectively, where it was held that such actions by state governors amounted to ‘executive rascality’.”
“For Wike to seek to dissolve the Local Government Councils that were duly elected by the people of Rivers State which tenure has just begun is nothing but a devilish gamble sure to throw Rivers into a state of anarchy. This is an ill-advised move that will lead to the spilling of more Rivers blood, as if the one that was spilled to install him as governor is not enough,” Ikanya added.
Rivers APC thus called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the heads of the various security agencies and the general public to hold the Wike-led Rivers State Government responsible for any breach of peace in Rivers State that may result from the moves to do away with the duly elected 22 Local Government Councils in the state.
“Finally, we urge the Bukola Saraki-led National Assembly, civil society organisations and other allied bodies to prevail on the Wike-led administration to jettison the dangerous moves to dissolve the Councils that were elected on May 21, 2015 for a three-year tenure and sworn into office by former Governor Chibuike Amaechi on May 25 as this is nothing but an invitation for anarchy,” Ikanya said.
Rivers is characterized by tensions emanating from the period leading up to the election of Wike as the governor ahead of APC’s Dakuku Peterside.
APC does not recognise Wike, saying his election was fraught with intimidation, murder and vote rigging.
- CAJ News