The federal high court sitting in Owerri today, Tuesday, 1st July 2020 has declared the suspension of the duly elected 2018 local government chairmen, Vice chairmen and councillors of the 27 Local Government Areas of Imo State as illegal.
The Presiding Federal High court judge; Hon. Justice Ringim also sacked all the interim Management Committee members of the Local Government appointed by the state governor; Hope Uzodinma and asked the suspended local government officers who were elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to go resume work with immediate effect.
The Judge went further to order that Revenue And Mobilization fiscal allocation Commission (RAMFAC) to stop further release of funds to Imo state government until the duly elected Local government chairmen, vice chairmen and councillors takes their seats fully at the local government council Areas.
Responding to journalists in Abuja, the Deputy chairman of Mbaitoli LGA and Chairman of Association of Local government vice chairmen of Nigeria (ALGVON); Rt. Hon. Godstime Chukwubuikem Samuel thanked God Almighty for the victory and applauded the Judiciary for standing by the provisions of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.
Hon. Godstime affirmed that the local government chairmen, vice chairmen and councillors will work smoothly with the Senator Hope Uzodinma led state government for the good of Ndi Imo and Imo state.