Uncertainty looms for Rivers LGA chairmen as Appeal Court postpones hearing

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt has raised doubts about the continuity of the 23 chairmen of the local government areas in Rivers State beyond June 18th, following recent developments.

Presided over by Justice B. B. Aliyu, a three-man panel at the Appeal Court adjourned the case until June 20th, 2024, after listening to arguments from all parties involved.

Clifford Enyiada-Cookey-Gam, the Chairman of Opobo Nkoro Local Government Council, along with six others, took legal action against the State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, and others regarding the State House of Assembly faction led by Martins Amaewhule.

With their three-year term ending on June 17th, the local government council chairmen are set to leave office by then.

On June 18th, it is anticipated that the Governor will inaugurate caretaker committee chairmen in light of the government’s failure to hold elections for chairmen and councillors.

In response to a law passed by Amaewhule-led lawmakers—which has been invalidated by a state high court—some council chairmen had threatened to defy the end of their term on June 17th.

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