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APC threatens court action over Gov. Ayade’s plan to start LG poll campaign


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Cross River chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has threatened to sue Governor Ben Ayade should he commence what it termed “a camouflage campaign for council elections without official announcement of a proper time table.”

The APC said the dissolution of the councils was a gross violation of the law.

Announcing his party’s position in a statement on Thursday in Calabar, the spokesman of the party in the state, Mens Ikpeme, accused the governor of dissolving “the local government councils without looking at the rule books.”

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“There is no Nigerian law that supports the dissolution of local government councils, there is no Nigeria law that extends the tenure of local government councils, nor is there a law to amend the existing one, that the Caretaker Committee be appointed for local government council in Nigeria. The Nigeria Constitution Section 7 (first schedule) is very clear on the local government council’s operations.

“Ayade will sit in the State Executive Meeting and come up with dissolution that they have sacked an elected council executive to appoint caretaker committee. This is a gross violation of the Nigerian constitution.

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“All Progressives Congress shall seek redress in a court of law should Governor Ben Ayade commence a camouflage campaign for council elections without official announcement of a proper time table.

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“APC shall ensure that funds for local government councils be suspended until proper elective officers are placed in position in their respective offices in the local government councils,” the statement read.

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