All Progressives Congress (APC)

Gov.Ugwuanyi of Enu­gu State, yester­day received fresh verbal attack over the inaugura­tion of Caretaker Com­mittees for the 17 local government areas in the state .

The counsel to the 18 All Progressives Con­gress, APC chairmanship aspirants in the State, Barr. George Ogara de­scribed the innaugura­tion as a brazen illegality.

Ugwuanyi had last Thursday at Enugu Gov­ernment House inau­gurated the Caretaker Chairmen and Deputies for each of 17 local gov­ernment areas in the State.

During the inaugura­tion, he announced that the Caretaker Chairmen would conduct the swear­ing-in of the councilors today Monday at the head­quarters of the various councils.

But, Ogara while brief­ing journalists in Enugu said the inauguration of caretaker committees for the councils, usurped a case pending before the Enugu State High Court and violated the consti­tution of Nigeria, which Governor Ugwuanyi swore to uphold during his inauguration on May 29 last year.

He said the Chief Judge of the State was aware of the case-E/362/2015 and assigned it to His Lord­ship, Justice Odugu.

“The matter was filed on 8th December 2015, wherein the Court ordered that motion on notice for interlocutory injunction be served on the defen­dants, so that they will not appoint caretaker pending the hearing of the main case on December 15, but because of memorial ser­vice for late Justice Achi Kanu, the case could not hold on that day and it was adjourned to January 27 for the motion on notice.

“But three days ago, on the 6th of January to be precise, the defendants in that matter by 8 pm in­augurated two members each for the 17 councils in Enugu State. Aside the fact that this is usurpation of case before the Court, it is sheer violation of the con­stitution”, Ogara said.

The APC lawyer main­tained that the defendants resorted to self help, point­ing out that the governor has not complied with any law, especially Enugu State Local Government Law, which allows caretaker to be appointed for the coun­cils in time of emergency.

Ogara noted that there was no state of emergency in Enugu State now and even if there is, the law clearly stated that 15 mem­bers should be appointed for each local

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