BREAKING: Fubara defeats Wike’s camp as court nullifies amendment of LG Law

Siminalayi Fubara8

The Rivers State High Court has declared the amendment to the Local Government Law proposed by the Martins Amaewhule faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly null and void.

The amendment, which sought to extend the tenure of local government chairmen by six months, was deemed unconstitutional and inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution and the Rivers State Local Government Law No. 5 of 2018.

Justice D.G. Kio, presiding over the case, ruled in favor of Enyiada Cookey-Gam and six others who challenged the extension, upholding the principle of constitutional supremacy in governance.

The court’s decision is a significant victory for the rule of law and a blow to attempts to subvert democratic norms.

The ruling reaffirms the three-year tenure for local government chairmen and councillors, as stipulated in the Rivers State Local Government Law No. 5 of 2018. The attempt to extend their tenure through the enactment of the Local Government Law No. 2 of 2024 has been declared unlawful and contrary to the oath of office taken by public officials.”