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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has been dragged before the Federal High Court, sitting in Lokoja over non conduct of local government election.

The lawsuit is coming from the senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye.

Melaye is praying the court to declare the constitution of caretaker committees for the 21 local government areas of the state illegal, null and void.

Joined as defendants in the suit instituted by Melaye are the Kogi state House of Assembly, Ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs, the Kogi state local government service commission and the state Independent Electoral Commission.

Others joined in the suit were the Joint Local Government Accounts Allocation Committee, the 21 local government areas of the state, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the minister of finance, the Federation Accounts and Allocation Committee and the Inspector General of Police.

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The suit also sought 13 reliefs which include a declaration that the governor in pursuance of Section 56(1-6) Kogi state local government law 2008 could not appoint local government transition committees, sole administrators for the local government areas.

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Dino Melaye at federal high court, lokoja

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He also prayed the court to declare that the governor inline with the section 1(3) and Section 7(1) of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria “cannot exercise its power in such a manner as to have delayed, refused or neglected to conduct local government elections for the purposes of constituting the various local government councils”.

The suit also prayed the court for a declaration that “upon the interpretation of Section 7 of the Allocation of Revenue (Federation Account) Act Cap A15, LFN2004 there cannot exist a validly and lawfully constituted Joint Local Government Account Allocation Committee for the purpose of administering all sums of money accruing to the local government areas”.

Melaye also, in his suit, prayed the court to make a declaration restraining governor Bello, the House of Assembly among others from constituting or appointing any person as caretaker committee or sole administrator.

 

It should be noted that on May 29, 2017, Senator Melaye had tweeted a newspaper publication declaring why Gov Bello should be impeached.

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