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  • Updated: February 14, 2024

Governor Yusuf: Caretaker committee for local governments unconstitutional – IPAC

Governor Yusuf: Caretaker committee for local governments un


The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has alleged that the state Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has concluded plans to appoint a caretaker committee in their stead, a move the group says is unconstitutional.

The council threatened legal action should the government not rescind the plan in a week.

Addressing journalists in Kano, IPAC’s Legal Adviser, Salisu Umar, stated the council gathered that Governor Yusuf had commenced the process of appointing his liaison officers at each local government area into a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the local government areas after directing the LG bosses to hand over to their DPMs following the expiration of their three-year tenure.

Umar said the warning was endorsed by 12 out of 18 registered political parties. 

“This action by the Kano government to enforce the idea of a caretaker is totally against the existing norms and procedure. So, we will not fold our arms watching the government abuse democracy,” he said.

While decrying the challenges of delaying the council election, IPAC said it would not allow any attempt to circumvent the thrust of the people.

Reacting, Sanusi Bature, the governor’s spokesman, said the government would ensure there is no vacuum in the leadership of the 44 LGAs and would do this within the confines of the law.

“The tenure of Local Government chairmen has expired, and they are expected to hand over within the stipulated period. I am not sure what model of leadership will be adopted during this transition period, but I know there must be leadership in the local government.

“The government will do whatever possible to provide leadership that will take care of the 44 LGAs within the confines of the law,” he said, adding that the State Attorney General was best positioned to inform the public on the type of leadership that would be adopted.

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