Dr Alex Chioma Otti

Gov. Alex Otti dragged to Court over constitutional beaches by appointing 17 LGA Mayors

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A Legal practitioner, Barr. Obiekwe Chiedozie Nwakor has asked an Umuahia High Court to nullify the appointment of the 17 Transition Chairmen and their Deputies for breach of the Constitution.

Dr Alex Chioma Otti
Dr Alex Chioma Otti

Barr. Obiekwe Nwakor in his petition which was commenced via originating summon has the Abia Governor, the Government of Abia State and the Attorney General of Abia State as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively, while he is the sole plaintiff.

A close perusal of the said summon with reference number Hu/512/ 2023, dated 6th, December; clearly showed that Barr. Nwokor’s grouse as an Abian is the Governor’s flagrant disregard of section 7 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended 1999.

In support of his claim, the legal practitioner cited supreme Court judgements on Eze vs Governor of Abia State (2014) 14 NWLR (pt 1426) 192 (2014) 5-7 SC 171 And Gov. Ekiti vs Olubunmo (2017) 3 NWLR (pt 1551).

He is praying the court to declare that the appointment of Caretaker/ Transition Committee Chairmen and their Deputies or whatever nomenclature it was used for the 17 LGA of Abia State by the 1st defendant (Otti) instead of democratically elected local government councils by the 1st defendant (Otti) is undemocratic, illegal, unconstitutional unlawful, null and void.

An order restraining the Governor or any person so appointed from being recognised or parade themselves as mayors and deputy mayors.

An order of court mandating the 1st defendant (Otti) to, with immediate effect conduct a democratic election into the 17 LGA or pay sum of N100M as general damages.


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