A former Nigeria Ambassador to Japan, Prof. Mohammed Gana Yisa, has backed the judiciary over its judgement on the appointment of Transition Implementation Committees, TICs, in Kwara State and called on the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, to obey the court ruling without delay.
A State High Court in Kwara State, sitting in Ilorin had on Friday sacked all the chairpersons and members of the TIC in all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state.
Delivering judgement in the suit filed by the incorporated trustees of the Elites Network for Sustainable Development (ENETSUD) against the Kwara State Government, the State Governor and the Attorney General, Justice H.A. Gegele described the appointment of the TIC members as illegal.
Reacting to the court ruling in a statement at the weekend, Yisa said the outcome of the suit was expected for all those who have been following the development, describing it as nothing but “Executive Rascality” and “Abuse of power” as the judge called it.
“Anybody following developments in Kwara State since the inception of the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq would have known that the High Court sitting in the case of EnetSud Vs Kwara State Governor, Kwara State Government and the Attorney General of the State would have known that the court won’t reach any other conclusion than to term the action of the Governor and the State Government as Executive Rascality and Abuse of power,” he said.
The former Deputy Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, expressed dismay at the unlawful acts of the Governor since assuming office.
These, he said include sack of the democratically elected LG Chairmen and Councillors, appointment of a TIC unknown to law, and procurement of a N35 Billion Bond without due process.
Others of such abuse of power as highlighted by the PDP chieftain, include the instigation of the House of Assembly leadership to suspend the only opposition member, Hon. Raheem Agboola, as well as the sack of Chairmen and Commissioners of three lawfully constituted Statutory Commissions.
While accusing Governor AbdulRazaq of a one-man show and nepotism, the former envoy from Kwara North, charged him, to as a matter of urgency conduct local government elections as directed by the Court, and reinstate the suspended House of Assembly member as well as other appointees unlawfully sacked.
Yisa said, “Reducing governance of the State to a one-man show and family affair is corruption of the highest order, undemocratic, suspicious, and amounts to Executive Rascality and gross Abuse of Power.
“Sacking of Chairmen and commissioners of three lawfully constituted Statutory Commissions is an act of Executive Rascality and Misuse of Power.
“Finally, the governor is urged to as a matter of urgency conduct local government elections as directed by the Court, reinstate the suspended House of Assembly member Hon. Agboola Abdulraheem and the Chairmen and Commissioners of the three commissions unlawfully sacked.”