Minister to inaugurate newly elected chairmen, councilors in FCT councils

By Tunde Joshua , Abuja

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),Malam Musa Muhammad Bello will on Tuesday inaugurate chairmen and councilors elected into its six area councils in February this year.

He will swear in the elected persons in accordance with the ruling of an FCT High Court last Friday which vacated the restriction placed on the minister by same court not to inaugurate them.

Reprieve came for the elected chairmen and councillors as the court set aside the judgment given in favour of tenure elongation for the immediate past chairmen and their councilors.

The court as well ordered 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.

The ruling was challenged and the court reversed itself by ordering the minister to dwear- in the elected council officials.

The Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Mr Anthony Ogunleye said, as a law abiding citizen, the outcome of appeal which set aside the earlier judgement will be complied with.

The statement reads: “the Federal Capital Territory Administration at about 1400hrs of this Friday, the 10th of June, 2022 received the Certified True Copy of the new judgement of the FCT High Court delivered by Justice Ibrahim Mohammed in respect of the above subject matter.

“The Court has set aside its earlier judgement delivered on Friday the 13th day of May, 2022 granting a one year extension of the outgoing Chairmen and Councilors of the 6 FCT Area Councils due to lack of jurisdiction.

“The judgement effectively clears the way for the swearing in of the newly elected Chairmen.

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“We want to reiterate that as a law-abiding organization, the FCTA will equally obey this new judgement just as it had complied with the earlier judgement. The Chairmen shall accordingly be inaugurated at 10:00hrs prompt on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Further details will be provided in due course.

“Residents are once again reminded that the FCT is a creation of law and all actions of the FCT Administration are guided by the rule of law and this case will not be an exception.

The FCTA extends its appreciation to all stakeholders for their patience and support in this regard and enjoins all residents of the Territory to remain calm and law abiding in their daily activities.”

Recall that 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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