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TIC: Obey court order, conduct LG election, Gana Yisa tells Gov Abdulrazaq

Former ambassador to Japan, Ambassador Hon. Professor Mohammed Gana Yisa, has urged the Kwara state government to obey the recent court order nullifying the appointment of caretaker chairmen for the 16 local government councils in the state.

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It is recalled that a Kwara State High Court, sitting in Ilorin, on Friday declared the appointment of caretaker chairmen for the 16 local government councils in the state as illegal, null and void.

This is just as the state government through the state attorney general and commissioner for Justice, Salman Jawondo, said that the state government would appeal the judgment, saying that the reasoning of the trial judge is not a finality on the issue.

Ambassador Yisa, who was also the former deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, also urged the state governor to, as a matter of urgency, conduct local government elections as directed by the Court.

He also called for reinstatement of the suspended House of Assembly member, Hon. Agboola Abdulraheem, as well as the Chairmen and Commissioners of the three commissions allegedly sacked unlawfully.

Professor Yisa, who said that the recent Court Judgement on the appointment of Transition Implementation Committees across the 16 Local Governments of Kwara State and Related Matters was expected, added that sacking of Chairmen and commissioners of three lawfully constituted Statutory Commissions is an act of Executive Rascality and Misuse of Power.

“Anybody following developments in Kwara State since the inception of the administration of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak would have known that the High Court sitting in the case of EnetSud Vs Kwara State Governor, Kwara State Government and the Attorney General of the State would have known that the court won’t reach any other conclusion than to term the action of the Governor and the State Government as Executive Rascality and Abuse of power.

“In just little over two years, the Governor and his government have among other things:

  1. Sacked the democratically elected local government Chairmen and Councillors which is against the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria he swore to uphold; this amounts to Executive Rascality and Abuse of Power.
  2. Appointment of TIC which is also against the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended is nothing but Executive Rascality and Abuse of Power.
  3. Procurement of a ‘35 Billion Naira Bond’ without due process for projects not properly defined amounts to Executive Rascality and Abuse of Power.
  4. Arm-twisting the Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly to suspend the only opposition member in the House for expressing divergent views is not only undemocratic but amounts to Executive Rascality and Abuse of Power.
  5. Making promises and later denying them which is the halmark of this administration is not only an act of dishonesty, betrayal of trust and mischief but amounts to Executive Rascality and Abuse of Power.
  6. Reducing governance of the State to a one-man show and family affair is corruption of the highest order, undemocratic, suspicious, and amounts to Executive Rascality and gross Abuse of Power.

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