By Najib Sani
Caretaker Committee chairmen of the 20 local government areas of Bauchi State have dragged Governor Bala Mohammed to court for allegedly disengaging them before the expiration of their tenure.
Speaking with Journalists on Tuesday on behalf of the chairman, the former caretaker chairman of Bauchi local government area, Chindo Abdu, claimed that they were appointed by former governor to serve for a period of nine months each.
According to him, the disengagement by the present governor was illegal as their tenure is supposed to come to an end by September this year.
He recalled that the governor, immediately after taking over, had issued a statement directing all political appointees to vacate their offices without allegedly taking into cognizance the law that appointed them.
Thereafter, according to the chairman, a letter was written to the governor through the secretary to the state government, enlightening him (the governor) that ‘by law’, their tenure would lapse in September.
Mr Abdu added that the governor still withheld their salaries and allowances.
“Based on the appointment letters we have been given, we are to stay there for nine months. And that nine months is going to expire in September.
“This month has ended, there is no salary and entitlements which we deserve. Based on that, we approached Bauchi State high court to demand for our rights,” he said.
Mr Abdu said they are asking the court to order their reinstatement and payment of salary arrears and outstanding allowances allegedly withheld by the governor.