From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The Caretaker committee chairmen of the 20 local government areas of Bauchi State sacked by Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed have filed a suit against the governor for allegedly disengaging them before the expiration of their tenure.
Speaking with journalists on Tuesday on behalf of others, the former caretaker chairman of Bauchi local government, Alhaji Chindo Abdu claimed that they were appointed by former governor to serve for period of nine months each that would lapse in September this year.
He said Governor Mohammed has immediately after taking over issued a statement directing all political appointees to vacate their offices without allegedly taking into cognizance the law that appointed them which he alleged stipulated that they were to serve for nine months.
Chino said , after reading the governor’s press statement on the disengagement of political office holders, they wrote a letter to him through the secretary to the state government enlightening him that ‘by law’, their tenure would lapse in September, but he still allegedly withheld their salaries and allowances.
“ Base on the appointment letters we have, we are to stay there for nine months. And that nine months is going to expire in September.”
“ This month has ended, there is no salary and entitlements which we deserve. Base on that, we approached Bauchi State high court to demand for our rights,” he said.
Chindo said they are asking the court to order their reinstatement and payment of salaries arrears and outstanding allowances allegedly withheld by the governor.