Adedapo Abiodun, Ogun State Governor.

Acting on behalf of the suspended Local Government Chairmen and Heads of Local Council Development Areas in Ogun State, their Counsel, Mr.  Monday Onyekachi Ubani, has instituted a legal action against the Ogun State Government and the State House of Assembly.

The action is aimed at redressing their wrongful suspension. Also joined in the suit as co-defendant is the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

The Ogun State House of Assembly had on May 3, 2019, issued a resolution suspending all political functionaries at the LGs and LCDAs. Acting on the resolution, the state government had subsequently frozen all the LGs and LCDAs accounts in the state.

Addressing a press conference in Lagos in July, the affected Chairmen had insisted that their suspension was illegal, unconstitutional and void, having been duly elected by the people of Ogun state for a three-year term which expires on October 2019.

Mr. Ubani, a former NBA Vice President , stated that having unsuccessfully explored several avenues to make Ogun sate government and the House of Assembly reverse their suspension, the only option left for them was to approach the court.

In the suit which has now been filed before the Federal High Court, Ogun State, the suspended Chairmen are praying that the court declare that the action of the state House of Assembly in suspending them was unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.

The officials are also asking the court to compel the state House of Assembly to lift the suspension placed on them to enable them complete their term.

They are also demanding the sum of N500,000,000.00 (Five hundred Million Naira) as damages for the infringement on their fundamental rights as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the hardship they have suffered as a result of willful deprivation of their entitlements as Council Executives.

They also want the court to compel the state government to pay all their entitlements for the past 33 months which they have been denied of, with effect from the 10th day of October, 2016 when they were duly sworn into office as LG and LCDA Chairmen till the 10th day of October, 2019 when they are expected to leave office.

No date has however been fixed for hearing of the suit.

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