Court sets aside judgment elongating FCT chairmen tenure

by Tunde Joshua, Abuja

…orders FCT Minister to inaugurate Chairmen, Councillors

Reprieve came for elected chairmen and councillors in the six council areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as an Abuja High Court set aside the judgment given in favour of tenure elongation for the immediate past chairmen and their councillors.

The court as well ordered the immediate swearing-In of the newly elected chairmen and their councillors.

The Trumpet recalled that on May 18, 2022, the FCT High Court in Kubwa suspended the swearing-in of the elected chairmen and the councillors.

FCT Minister Mohammed Bello though obeyed the court order but vowed to challenge the ruling. The legal team of the FCTA subsequently headed to the court to seek redress.

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In his fresh ruling on Thursday, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed who gave the suspension order, clarified that everybody is in a learning process, that persons are bound to make mistakes and also bound to make corrections.

He said that it was very clear that some mistakes were made and a judgment was entered, which brought a lot of issues concerning the elongation of the tenure of the outgoing chairmen in the six area councils.

Mohammed further said that in his wisdom, he has vacated that first judgment that was given by him and thereby directed that the area council chairmen who were elected and issued a certificate of return that the FCT Minister should go ahead and swear them into office.

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