LG Polls: Court begins Hearing to dissolve Kogi Elected Councils
All is not over yet for the newly elected councils in Kogi state as a high court sitting in Lokoja, presided over by Justice Henry Olusuyi has insisted on the commencement of hearing seeking for the dissolution of the three months old newly elected councils in the state.
The request for dissolution followed a suit challenging the conduct of the recently held Local Council elections in Kogi State.
In a suit instituted by Akpa Salisu, Amond Adul Omala, Joseph Achimogu and three others, who aspirants for the 4th May, 2013 Council election in Omala Local Government Area of the state.
They want the court to determine whether the Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission could validly conduct Local Council elections in Omala and by implication on the other councils in the state as the PDP never had any primary election as well as that to also elect Adhoc delegates.
The suit at the court challenging the Omala Local Council Chairmanship seat has generated anxiety as many see it as having far reaching consequences on the remaining councils in the state.
The suit has also unsettled many of those newly elected at various councils level as they are griped by fear.
It would be recalled that Justice Henry Olusuyi, had at the last sitting on the matter frowned at the disobedience by the PDP and Labaran Oyigebe the chairman of Omala Local Government Area, the 1st and 4th defendants for failing to show appearance after been duly served.
They judge who warned that no adjournment will be entertained again on the matter, fixed 16 July, 20143 for commencement of hearing, refused the plea for adjournment by SIEC, PDP and Labaran Oyigebe’s counsel to enable them file their brief.
At the resume hearing, Matthew Ogwuche of the Ministry of Justice was Counsel for the Attorney General and KOSIEC who are the 2nd and 3rd defendants were however still not represented.
The claimants are among others: seeking the court to determine whether KOSIEC can validly conduct council poll in Omala without review, update and integration of voters register.
The claimants are also insisting that KOSIEC was not properly constituted to have conducted the May 4th election as their tenure has since expired and was never renewed.
The claimants are also seeking to determine whether the state chairman 0of KOSIEC, who is a card carrying member of the PDP and had contested the House of Assembly primaries in Kabba/Bunu constituency, can vividly conduct Local Council elections in Omala and by extension the 21 local government councils in the state.