Safiyanu Gambo Idrees, a Bauchi-based legal practitioner says the removal of the 20 Bauchi State council chairmen by Governor Bala Mohammed is unconstitutional.
He further advised the governor to allow the deposed chairmen finish their tenures.
According to the lawyer, the chairmen have two and half years to complete their tenures.
Governor Bala, while announcing the termination of the council chairmen’s tenures, referenced section 33 of the 2013 Bauchi State’s Local Government Establishment and Administration of Local Government Councils Law (as amended).
But, the lawyer clarified the same section of the law, insisting the chairmen are mandated to serve for two and half years.
“Your Excellency, just as the Nigerian Constitution of 1999(as amended) has guaranteed your tenure to be the uninterrupted period of four holy years, which commenced on the 29/05/2019 and terminate on the 29/05/2023, the reasonable expectation is that the Executive Chairmen and Concilors of the twenty (20) Local Government Counclis of Bauchi state who are to serve for two and half years are to remain in office from the 17/10/2020 till 17/4/2023 when their tenure of office will finally elapsed,” Idrees said in a letter addressed to the governor.
The barrister reminded Gocernor Bala that his actions are a great pointer to the tenets of democracy not only in Bauchi State but in Nigeria as a whole. He noted that similar scenarios were the reasons the military government was resisted.
Further, the lawyer appealed to the governor to immediately restore the removed council chairmen to complete their remaining tenure for democratic progress of the state.