Femi Falana said. “There’s a Judgement That the Amendment to the Law that Allowed Extension is Illegal”

Femi Falana said. "There's a Judgement That the Amendment to the Law that Allowed Extension is Illegal"Femi Falana, a well-known attorney, emphasized that despite attempts at extensions, the Supreme Court’s precedents maintain Rivers State’s local government term expiring. Falana referenced Section 7 of the Constitution, which requires democratic elections for local government seats, in an interview with Arise TV.CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>

He referenced past cases, including President Obasanjo’s unsuccessful attempt to extend councillors’ terms and a recent judgement declaring Rivers’ law amendment allowing extensions as illegal and unconstitutional.

According to him, “You cannot extend the tenure of local government in the case of the Attorney General of Abia or the state and the federal government when President Obasanjo attempted to extend or did announce the extension, adding one year to the three-year term of the first set of councilors under the political dispensation in Ekiti, in Plateau, in Katsina, in Oyo State, and the rest of them. The Supreme Court has made the point by virtue of Section 7 of the Constitution, which provides that the system of local government shall be by democratically elected government. You must ensure that proper elections are conducted. Now in the case of Rivers, there’s already a judgement that the amendment of the law that allowed extension is illegal and unconstitutional.”CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>