By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—A Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, local government aspirant in Delta State, has dragged the state government before a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, seeking to halt further disbursement of federal allocation to local government areas in the state, which are currently run by caretaker committee chairmen, pending when democratically-elected chairmen come on board.
The plaintiff, Mr. Chilly Opene, from Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state, in the suit, is further seeking a declaration that Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, is not entitled to the receipt of funds from the Federation Account “in respect of the artificial contraptions known and called Local Government Transition Caretaker Committees.”
Defendants in the suit are President Goodluck Jonathan; Attorney-General/Minister of Justice of the Federation; Minister of Finance; Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC; Delta State House of Assembly; Delta State Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice and Fiscal Responsibility Commission.
He is also praying the court, among others, for “an order of mandatory injunction pursuant to Section 51 of the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007, compelling the President, Minister of Justice, Finance Minister and RMAFC, respectively, not to remit or allot any proceeds or fund from the Federation Account to Delta State House of Assembly; Delta State Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice and Fiscal Responsibility Commission, meant for the 25 local government areas in Delta State during the period of the absence in councils, of democratically elected chairmen as guaranteed by Section 7 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and/or the continuance or managing of the affairs of the said councils with the artificial contraptions known and called Local Government Transition Caretaker Committees.”