Port Harcourt City Local Government, Rivers State, has called for restraint and peace, in the ensuing legal tussle between two factions at the Rumuoji, Mile 1, Market.
Making the call, at the weekend, the Mayor of Port Harcourt City Council, Hon Samuel Soni Ejekwu, disclosed that, the leadership tussle was between the factions led by the outgone chairman, one Chief Georgewill and the other led by the immediate past chairman. Deacon Kenneth Eze.
“The market belongs to the Local Government, and the proper thing for the former chairman to have done, was to come and report to us, that we might resolve the issue for them,” he observed.
“The court case was there before we came to office., for that, we set up a Care Taker Committee, CTC, to oversee the activities of the market, rather than conducting a fresh election.”
On the issue of the court ruling, restoring the former chairman, Deacon Kenneth Eze to office pending the determination of the substantive case, Hon Ejekwu, explained, he was not aware of it, but further disclosed, the legal department of the council had sued for stay of execution, to enable it study the details of the court verdict.
In view of the stay of execution by the council, the Mayor further explained, “based on the ‘ stay of execution suit’ the out gone Rumuoji Mile 1 market chairman, Deacon Eze, does not qualify to begin to lay claims to the chairmanship office, until appeal process is over”.
Besides, he ought to have come to see me and brief the council on the development. I’m still looking forward to seeing him, with his team. We need peace in the market and will achieve it, because, we have the capacity to do so,” he vouched.
The Market Superintendent, Mrs Blessing Mbakpone, confirming that the issue was already in the …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot