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July 5, 2022
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Court Extends Tenure Of Area Council Chairmen

The Federal Capital Territory Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has suspended the swearing-in Ceremony of elected Area Councils Chairmen Slated for 20th May 2022.

The suspension followed the court ruling in favour of incumbent Area Council Chairmen tenure elongation from three years to four years.

The chairmen tenure elapsed today based on the 2010 Electoral Act that stipulates three years tenure for elected council chairmen and ward councillors.

However, a ruling by a court in the FCT had directed the administration to suspend the inauguration based on the recently signed Electoral Act of 2022, which stipulates that the tenure of office of chairmen of area councils in FCT would now be four years instead of three.

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, in a statement said though not satisfied with the judgment, the administration would honour the court ruling as a “law-abiding government.”

The statement reads: ” A few days ago, we received communication of a judgment by a court in the Federal Capital Territory directing us to suspend the inauguration of the new chairmen, based on the fact that the current chairmen’s tenure would end today, 19th May 2022.

“According to the judgment, chairmen whose tenure were meant to expire or end today, have another one year to continue, based on the new law.”

The FCT Minister therefore noted that the Administration as a law-abiding government, had no option than to suspend the planned inauguration of the six area council chairmen based on injunction of the court.

By Remi Johnson

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