Group Warns Minister Against Tenure Elongation, Threatens Mass Protest To Stop Attempts

Group Warns Minister Against Tenure Elongation, Threatens Mass Protest To Stop Attempts

A civil society organisation, Abuja Grassroots Advocacy Project (AGAP) has called on the FCT minister, Malam Mohammed Bello not to allow any selfish politician to spoil his good name because of political differences, by supporting the tenure elongation of the outgoing chairmen and councillors by one year.

The group who expressed disappointment that any court of competent jurisdiction would grant tenure elongation to the present council chairmen who were inaugurated with the 2010 Electoral Acts, said that any attempt to stop the inauguration of the new council chairmen will cause serious crisis in the city.

Comrade Ahmadu Yunusa Yusuf, coordinator of the group stressed that since the outgoing chairmen were elected and inaugurate by the 2010 Electoral Acts specified three years tenure, it would be wrong to grant them judgment for tenure elongation.

The electorate voted the outgoing chairman with the knowledge that they were going to spend three years, so any attempts by the court or government to extend their tenure would be day light robbery of the people and that should not be allowed to stand.

“We are aware of a judgment by a High Court of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under Justice Ibrahim Muhammed in Kubwa district where the council chairmen have gotten judgment in their favour to extend their tenure by one year. That was a wrong judgment and should not be allowed to stand.

Imagine they are taking the tenure elongation case to court and the only joined the FCT minister as the defendant, why did they not include By Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the elected council chairmen and their councillors? That show that it is a conspiracy against the peoples’ interest and should not be allowed to stand,” he said.

Yusuf said that the group speak out because they were tired of the injustice suffered by the common people in the country and they need to support the call against tenure elongation for peace to reign in the territory.

Politicians should stop heating the polity, people are thinking of how to make peace reign, while some selfish politicians are thinking of how to heat the polity by extending their tenure when we already have constitutionally elected chairmen and councillors. That is a grave injustice to the people.

“If they wanted tenure elongation, they should have taken the matter to court before the election was conducted and produced winners, not after the elections. That is wickedness and a deliberate act to cause a crisis in the territory. So, that so-called judgment should not be allowed to stand, for peace to reign,” she said.

He further said that if the people are denied their mandate by not allowing the swearing-in of elected council chairmen and councillors on Friday, May 20, there might be a serious crisis in the territory, so there is a need to avoid such.

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