Melaye Sues Kogi Governor, Assembly Over Non-conduct of LG Election

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The senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Mr. Dino Melaye, has dragged the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the state government, the House of Assembly and the 21 local councils of the state before the Federal High Court in Lokoja over non-conduct of council election.

The lawmaker in the suit is asking the court to declare the constitution of caretaker committees for the 21 local councils of the state illegal, null and void.

The suit also has as defendants Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Kogi State Local Government Service Commission and the State Independent Electoral Commission.

Others were the Joint Local Government Accounts Allocation Committee, Central Bank of Nigeria, Minister of Finance, the Federation Accounts and Allocation Committee and the Inspector-General of Police.

The suit, supported by a 30-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Melaye, sought 13 reliefs, which include a declaration that the governor in pursuant of Section 56 (1-6) Kogi State Local Government Law 2008, cannot appoint local council transition committees or sole administrators for the local councils.

Melaye, who claimed that releasing money for the committees is illegal and should be declared unlawful and unconstitutional, also asked for injunction restraining the governor and other defendants from appropriating, expending or dealing with revenues accruing to the local councils.

The Guardian

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