- The local government chairmen suspended by Governor Ihedioha of Imo state have defied the governor and resumed work
- The chairmen, according to Senator Okorocha's media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo, resumed in line with a Supreme Court directive
- Onwuemeodo said the Supreme Court has ruled that state governors have no right to sack or suspend elected council chairmen and councillors
The local government chairmen suspended by Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo state have reportedly defied the governor and resumed their offices on Monday, January 6.
Vanguard reports that the suspended local government chairmen backed up their actions with a Supreme Court directive.
Legit.ng gathered that 19 of the 27 suspended local chairmen, who were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have resumed their offices. This is according to a statement released by Sam Onwuemeodo, the special adviser on media to Senator Rochas Okorocha.
Onwuemeodo said the suspension of the local government chairmen by Governor Ihedioha was illegal.
According to him, the Supreme Court has ruled that state governors lack constitutional powers to sack or suspend elected council chairmen and councillors.
Reacting to the development, Governor Ihedioha's media aide, Izuchukwu Akwarandu, claimed the opposition APC was not happy with the achievement the Imo state governor has achieved within a short period.
He accused the opposition of sponsoring planning to sponsor protests and conspiring against the state government.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that former Imo governor, Okorocha, said that nobody has beaten his record as the state chief executive in the history of the state.
Okorocha, who is currently representing Imo West senatorial district at the Senate, said he built one of the best government houses in the country.
“I built six universities, four polytechnics, two colleges of education, who has beaten this record in the history of that state," he said.
Commenting on the challenges facing the country, Okorocha called for the diversification of the economy, saying there is the need to focus on other sectors rather than oil alone.
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