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PAC commends ruling on reinstatement of Council chairmen

10 July 2012, 10:52

Imo -  The Progressives Action Congress (PAC) in Abuja on Monday commended the Court of Appeal's ruling on the reinstatement of the local government chairmen sacked by the Imo government.

Charles Nwodo, the Chairman of PAC, gave the commendation.

It will be recalled that Gov. Rochas Okorocha had in June 2011, on assumption of office, sacked the elected chairmen in the state.

The Owerri Division of the Court of Appeal on July 5, reinstated the sacked 27 local government chairmen in Imo.

Nwodo said the Court of Appeal's ruling on the reinstatement of the sacked chairmen was a welcome development which was capable of strengthening the institutions of democracy in the country.

He said the peoples’ will must prevail in any democratic setting anywhere in the world.

`` It is only in the military era that caretaker committee is in vogue, because it is not a democratic setting.

`` It is also unfortunate that about 25 other governors have chosen the use of caretaker officers instead of democratically-elected officials,’’ he said.

Nwodo noted that it was only through impeachment procedure within the local administration system that could remove any elected official of councils.

He said it was a matter for regret that until now, members of the National Assembly had yet to do something about the issue of joint accounts between the state and local governments.

He urged all governors using caretaker committees to hold council elections in their domain for a sustainable local administration system in their states. 



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