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Appeal Court Rules That Governors Lack Powers to Dissolve Councils

An appeal court sitting in Ilorin, has ruled that state governors lack the constitutional powers to dissolve elected local government officials

The appellate court also ruled that governors lack the powers to create caretaker committees

The appeal court made the proclamation while ruling on an application filed by the Kwara state government, to challenge the judgment of a Kwara state high court.

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The high court had ruled that it was illegal for a governor to suspend or dissolve a democratically elected local government, or to replace them with any illegal body.

The appeal court upheld the ruling of the state high court.

A group calling itself elite network for sustainable development, had filed an application to challenge the state governor’s suspension of the state local governments’ elected officials, and replaced them with transition committee.

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