Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:20 pm
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has notified the Rivers State House of Assembly of the suspension of 12 Local Government Council Chairmen.
Governor Wike in a letter to the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly titled: “Notice of Suspension of the Chairmen of Twelve Local Government Concil Chairmen ” premised his action on Section 64 (3) of the Rivers State Local Government Law No. 5 of 2018.
He wrote: “I hereby Serve you notice of the suspension of the following twelve Local Government Council Chairmen for security reasons for approval and ratification”.
He listed the following Council Chairmen:
2 Hon Tom Aliezi (Emohua)
The Governor informed the State Assembly that in accordance with proviso (a) to Section 64 (3) of the Rivers State Government Law of 2018, he has directed the Vice Chairmen of the mentioned Local Government Councils to act during the period of suspension.
Wike had earlier announced the suspension of the 12 Local Government Council Chairmen with immediate effect.
The affected Council Chairmen were suspended for failure to participate in state official function.
However, some observers spoken to but wish to remain anonymous, believe that the Governor Wike will pardon definitely pardon the affected local government chairmen because he done that before.
Besides, they argued that by the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria, no Governor has the constitutional powers to suspend any elected local government Chairman.