Governor Rochas Okorocha
Amby Uneze â€¨
The embattled elected 27 local council chairmen in Imo State (all under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)) Thursday protested against the appointment of 27 new Sole Administrators by Governor Rochas Okorocha to man the local councils in the state.
Led by the state chairman of the Association of the Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Mrs. Rubby Emele and secretary, Mr. Enyinna Onuegbu, the Legal Adviser of the body, Chief Cyprain O. C Akaolisa, and others at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Press Centre, Owerri, they insisted the governor erred in law in appointing sole administrators about two days ago when their tenure was running as announced in the ruling of the Court of Appeal in Owerri last year,
Emele regretted that the governor came to office and announced their sack when they had the mandate to serve, stressing that the case was still in court with the ruling of the Appeal Court that the governor should not appoint another set of people to replace them.
The ALGON boss regretted that the judgment of the court was not complied with, making them pass through all kinds of financial difficulties, including hardships gone through by some of their members whose wives went through surgical operation.
She opined that should anything happen to them, the present government should be held responsible.
“Whatever happens to us, this administration should be held responsible,” Emele maintained.
Onuegbu, the secretary of the body, insisted that they had resolved never to vacate their offices for anybody from the governor until the matter was determined finally by the court.
According to him, till date, since assumption of office, the governor has received a total of N120 billion from the Federal Government as allocation to the councils, stressing that the state should ask what the money been used for.
In his contribution, the legal adviser of the body, Akaolisa, said they would prosecute the matter to a logical conclusion, urging that the resolution of the ALGON members not to vacate their offices in the councils should remain until the case was finally determined and their tenure resolved.
Okorocha had on Tuesday through the Secretary to the Government of Imo State, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, sent a list of 27 sole administrators to the Imo State House of Assembly for the screening and approval of appointments to replace the council chairmen.