By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—THE elected local government chairmen and councilors in Imo State, have appealed to Governor Rochas Okorocha to allow them serve out their tenure, saying they are not opponents of his administration.
They spoke through a four-page position, signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Imo State Chapter, Mrs. Ruby Emele and Chief Enyinna Onuegbu, respectively, handed over to Okorocha at their resumed peace meeting in Owerri.
“We humbly wish to state that the issue of our tenure expiring on your prefered date is a matter of law, which can only be established by the judicial authorities and on this we stand”, the council chairmen said.
Continuing, the aggrieved chairmen said: “Our position is that we must be allowed to serve out our mandate and tenure as established by law and serve out the period you unlawfully kept us out of office, since we were not removed by any judicial authority but by your unconstitutional dissolution”.
After enumerating a number of instances, which point towards the growing gulf between the Governor and local government operators, Okorocha was reminded that the defence of their mandate and rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the extant laws of Imo State, should not be seen as confrontational to the Governor.