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Tension in Adamawa over emergence of two council chairmen

23 October 2013, 10:33

Yola - Security personnel have been drafted to Madagali Local Government secretariat in Adamawa following the crisis that erupted over the emergence of two council chairmen, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN reports that on Monday, a Yola high court presided over by Justice Ambrose Mammani, ruled that Madagali Council Chairman, James Watharda, should vacate office for Maina Ularamu.

The court said Ularamu was the authentic candidate of People's Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2012 local government polls in the state which PDP won.

Ularamu had dragged Watharda, Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSEIC) and PDP before the high court as first, second and third respondent respectively.

In his ruling, Mammani ordered the immediate return and swearing in of the plaintiff (Ularamu) as the duly nominated candidate of PDP.

This development led to the swearing-in of Ularam as chairman of Madagali Council immediately by a Notary Public, A. B Pantyi, in the premises of the High Court.

However, Watharda whose Counsel, Shabo Hyacinth had filed an appeal and stay of execution of notice on the ruling, described the swearing in as illegal.

He insisted that he is still the local government chairman pending the determination of his appeal.

Also commenting on the development, the Adamawa SIEC Commissioner for Public and Legal Affairs, Modibbo Bakari confirmed receipt of Watharda's notice of appeal and stay of action.

Bakari said the commission had asked  its lawyer to join the appeal and protect the position of the commission where necessary.

Meanwhile, reports from Gulak town, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government area indicated  that security personnel had been drafted to the secretariat which remained deserted since Monday.

This was because workers kept away for fear of possible violence between supporters of Ularamu and Watharda over who is the genuine chairman of the council.

-  NAN

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