The Kwara State Government on Friday has resolved to appeal the judgement of the National Industrial Court, reinstating Chairmen and members of three Statutory Commissions in the State.
Earlier on Thursday, the National Industrial Court sitting in Akure had voided the sacking of Chairmen and members of the Civil Service Commission, Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission and the House of Assembly Service Commission by the State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
The Industrial Court had resolved that the act amount to illegality and that the State Governor do not possess the Constitutional power and right to terminate the appointments of members of such Statutory Commissions. The Court subsequently voided the act and directed that the sacked members resume duties in their respective offices.
But in a related development, the State Government through a Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Oyinloye Olusola, the Government said it rejects the judgement and will be appealing same.
The statement reads in part,
“Kwara State Government has said it rejects the Thursday judgment of the Industrial Court on the dissolution of some commissions, adding that it will appeal the judgment,”
“The commissions affected in the judgment are the Civil Service Commission, the Kwara State House of Assembly Service Commission, and the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission.”
“The government rejects the judgment and will be appealing same. The appeal will involve an application for a stay of execution of the judgment of the Honourable Court,” the statement concluded.
Recall, that the State Governor shortly after resumption of office as Governor had sacked members of the three Commissions. While the State Governor had gone ahead to appoint Chairmen and members for the Kwara State Civil Service Commission and the Kwara State House of Assembly Service Commission, Political analysts in the state had described his refusal to set up members of the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission as a ploy to avoid embarrassing his party at the Local polls owing to wranglings within his party and the Governor’s growing loss of popularity among Kwarans.221