No fewer than 22 local government council chairmen and councillors, all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have been sacked by a federal high court in Port Harcourt, Rivers.
The court presided over by Justice Lambo Akambi, nullified the election of the local government council chairmen and councillors organised by professor Augustine Ahiazu-led Rivers State Independent Election Commission (RSIEC) during the administration of Chibuike Amaechi.
According to PM News, Justice Akambi noted that the conduct of the election was not only illegal, but an affront on the court because the matter was pending in court.
In his ruling, he noted that RSIEC and the state government was directed not to go ahead with the election but the order of court was fragrantly disobeyed, hence the sack of the APC loyalists.
The state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had challenged the election of the 22 council leaders through a court injunction, but RSIEC claimed the order of court did not affect it, so it was boycotted by the PDP.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state had also fired the RSIEC and reconstituted it before the federal high court in its judgement, said it had to defend and protect democracy by nullifying the election.
Just last week, the governor dissolved the Nnamdi Wokekoro-led local government commissions in the state, just after probing some commissions over misappropriation of funds under his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi.
But the governor has also been fingered in an alleged swindle of over N180billion alongside former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, which he is yet to reply to.