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Gombe govt, GOSIEC dragged to court over non-conduct of LG polls 

Hearing on the suit filed against Gombe State Government and two others, over the non-conduct of local government elections, would begin today at the State High Court.
Joined in the suit are Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission (GOSIEC) and the eleven Caretaker Committee Chairmen recently sworn in by the governor.
Four opposition political parties in the state who filed the suit include, Allied Congress Party (ACP), African Peoples Alliance (APA), Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) and Peoples Democratic Change (PDC).
Counsel to the plaintiffs, Aliyu Usman Barde, at the mentioning of the case, last week, said that the processes of the court were served on the defendants early enough and would have loved the court to commence hearing.
He regretted that, “but, unfortunately, they haven’t filed anything in response, despite the fact that they were duly served”.
He said the court, in the interest of justice, therefore, decided to allow the defendants sometime to enable them file their responses.
The defendants had held out for personal services but were countered on the argument that it was the seats, and not their occupants that were involved in the case.
The state government was sued for not conducting local government election, which according to them, was contrary to the constitution.
The state electoral body was joined in the suit for not making an effort to conduct the election, while the caretaker bosses were sued for illegally parading themselves as chairmen, who were not duly elected into office.
Since the end of the tenure of the chairmen elected over three years ago, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has sworn in caretaker committee chairmen on three different occasions as against bringing them in via elections.
The presiding Judge, Justice Joseph Awak, has adjourned the case to May 10.
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