FCT Minister Suspends Inauguration Of 6 Area Chairmen, Councillors

FCT Minister Suspends Inauguration Of 6 Area Chairmen, Councillors

By Ismaila Jimoh, Abuja

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has announced the suspension of the planned inauguration of the newly elected Area Council Chairmen and Councillors as a result of Court injuction stopping the move.

The FCT High Court, Kubwa district on Wednesday had given judgment in favour of the six out-going Area Council Chairmen and Councillors who had approach it on the need for them to benefit from the amended Electoral Act which has given additional one year to the tenure of council chairmen and councillors.

The Minister made this position known in a statement he personally signed in Abuja,  Thursday.
It reads: ‘Few days ago, we received communication of a judgment by a court in the Federal Capital Territory directing us to suspend the inauguration of the new Chairmen, based on the fact that the current Chairmen’s tenure would end today, 19th May 2022. 

“According to the judgment, based on the recently signed Electoral Act of 2022, which stipulates that the tenure of office of the Chairmen of the Area Councils in FCT would now be four years instead of three years, the existing Chairmen whose tenure were meant to expire or end today, have another one year to continue, based on the new law. 

“So, as a law-abiding government, the FCT Administration has no option than to suspend the planned inauguration of the Six Area Council Chairmen of the Federal Capital Territory who were duly elected some weeks ago as a result of this injunction of the court.

“As an administration that is very conscious of the need to abide by the rule of law, even though we are not satisfied with the judgment of the court, we have no option but to comply. While complying, we are also making efforts to vacate the judgment and if need arises, to appeal the judgment, so that the correct position of the law will be determined by the legal processes.

“In  the interim therefore, we are very conscious of the fact that the stand of the court has raised a lot of concerns within certain sections of the Federal Capital Territory residents. I wish to appeal to everyone to be calm, to be law abiding and to await the outcome of the legal processes”.

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