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