By INNOCENT ANABA
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the suit by Engr. Umar Ibrahim challenging his removal, and that of others, as members of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Board of Trustees during the association’s General Assembly.
Ibrahim also sought the removal of Nwabueze Okafor as the National President of ALGON on the grounds that he has ceased to be a local government chairman, contrary to the provisions of ALGON constitution, which provided for a three-year tenure for its elected officials.
The association’s General Assembly took place on November 29, 2012 in Enugu.
Trial judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati in his ruling, agreed with the argument of the counsel to Okafor, Mr Emeka Obegolu that the suit was incompetent and that the court therefore, lacked the jurisdiction to entertain same.
Meanwhile, Okafor, described the court’s decision as a landmark victory for ALGON, adding that the leadership of ALGON was prepared to ensure the smooth and successful hosting of the association’s forthcoming General Assembly and the conduct of national election scheduled to take place in Makurdi, Benue State.
He said that the National Executive Council of ALGON was committed to bringing an end to the succession problem that had bedeviled ALGON in the past, which, until the election of the present NEC, had created room for the management of the association by caretaker committees.
He called on all state chairmen of ALGON to continue to sensitise their members on the forthcoming General Assembly and election.
“All hands must now be on deck to ensure that we witness a smooth and democratic transition from the present NEC to a new NEC when we meet in Makurdi.”