Nigeria: ALGON Lauds Fayemi’s Magnanimity over Recall of Suspended Council Chiefs
London, July 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The National President of the All Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Mr Kolade Alabi has commended the Ekiti State Government for reinstating eight Local Government Chairmen and their Councillors elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Alabi specifically thanked Governor Kayode Fayemi for ensuring that the rule of law reigns supreme over petty partisan politics, pointing out that Governor Fayemi has set another example worthy of emulation by other state governors.
The Ekiti State House of Assembly’s unanimous resolution over the reinstatement of the council bosses were reached at a plenary where it was resolved that the Chairmen and Councillors should be recalled.
The Assembly had last December, 18 suspended indefinitely all the 16 LGAs Chairmen and 177 Councillors to pave way for a forensic audit of the councils’ account over alleged financial impropriety.
They were indicted by the report of the Assembly Public Account Committee saddled with the responsibility of probing finances of the Councils.
It was gathered their reinstatement followed the adoption of the reports of the House Committee of Public Petitions submitted by its Chairman, Mr Adegoke Olajide.
The eight reinstated LGAs Chairmen and Councillors were: Ijero, Moba, Gbonyin, Ado and Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ikole, Ekiti South West and Ekiti West.
“Despite the fact that the suspended chairmen and councillors are not elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the state government of which the assembly is an arm did not witch-hunt the chairmen and councillors. The government ensured that the rule of law including the independence of the legislature was upheld,” he said.
He also lauded the assembly for not being partial in the probe of the councils’ finances.
“Our democracy would grow faster if we all display maturity and integrity in dealing with elected opposition members,” he said.
Alabi therefore appealed to the state governors of Oyo, Ogun, Kwara, and Imo to emulate the Ekiti government by ensuring that the suspended council chairmen and Councillors are recalled.