Anxiety as Supreme Court Takes Action on Tinubu vs Sanwo-Olu, 35 Other Governors' Suit

Anxiety as Supreme Court Takes Action on Tinubu vs Sanwo-Olu, 35 Other Governors' Suit

  • The Supreme Court has disclosed that it will deliver the judgment on the suit seeking autonomy for local government operations in Nigeria on Thursday, July 11
  • President Bola Tinubu-led federal government had filed the suit before the apex court against the 36 governors in Nigeria
  • According to the notice at the Supreme Court, the counsels to the parties in the case have been served the notice of the judgment day

The Supreme Court will deliver judgment tomorrow, Thursday, July 11, in the suit filed by the President Bola Tinubu-led federal government against the 36 governors seeking full autonomy for the country's 774 local governments.

A document sighted on Wednesday, July 10, at the apex court indicated that parties in the suit had been notified through their respective lawyers.

The Supreme Court has fixed Thursday, July 11, to deliver judgment on the suit filed by President Bola Tinubu-led federal government against the 36 governors, seeking autonomy for the 774 local governments in Nigeria.
Supreme Court fixes date to deliver judgment on local government autonomy Photo Credit: @officialABAT
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According to The Nation, it was observed that the notice for the judgment delivery was served to the federal government through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja.

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21 governors not conducting LG election

A recent analysis showed that 21 of the 36 governors have not conducted local government elections in their states. This move influenced the call for local government autonomy from concerned Nigerians.

According to The Punch, the government runs the council affairs in their states with their appointed caretaker committees.

The governors' actions are contrary to Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution, which mandated that the affairs of local government in Nigeria must be governed with elec

Nigeria has 774 local government areas, which are meant to serve as the third tier of government.

Lawyer reacts to Tinubu's suit on LG autonomy

Reacting to the matter, a legal practitioner, Okanlawon Gaffar, who spoke with on the matter, condemned the situation and expressed optimism that the Supreme Court would do justice. He added that it was Tinubu's way of bringing government nearer to the people.

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He said:

“It was his own way of decentralising the system so that there would be more local governments that would directly affect the people."

Governor Buni of Yobe sacks LG chairman earlier reported that Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state announced the suspension of the Machina LGA's chairman, Idrissa Mai Bukar Machina.

Idrissa Mai Bukar Machina was immediately suspended and directed to hand over to his deputy.

The governor's decision was said to be in line with Section 2 of the Local Government Law 2019, as amended.

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