- 23 Local Government chairmen in Benue state have vowed not to obey the state government’s directive to quit their offices
- According to the aggrieved chairmen, they were duly elected into office; hence they cannot handover batons to the most senior staff in their various councils
- Reacting, the Benue state governor, Governor Hyacinth Alia, said the council chairmen remain suspended until the probe against them is concluded
Chairmen of the 23 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Benue State have dared Governor Hyacinth Alia.
The aggrieved LG chairmen on Saturday, June 24, vowed not to comply with Governor Alia’s directive on their suspension from office, Daily Trust reported.
Sequel to the recommendation by the state’s House of Assembly to Governor Alia to suspend the 23 LGAs chairmen in order to pave way for investigation into their financial activities, the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair (BLGCA) on Friday, June 23, ordered the council chairmen to handover baton the most senior staff in their various councils.
23 LG chairmen dared Benue Governor Alia
But in a swift reaction at a press conference on Saturday, the chairmen said they would neither comply with the instruction from the state lawmakers nor the BLGCA.
Mike Uba, Chairman of the Association of Local Governments Of Nigeria (ALGON), Benue State chapter, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said they would not surrender to “illegality” as doing so will mean a disservice to the state.
He said they were duly elected into office alongside their councillors on April 30, 2022 for a two years tenure which will constitutionally come to an end by April 30, 2024.
“You remain suspended,” Benue Gov replies aggrieved LG chairmen
Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State has the 23 Local Government council chairmen remain suspended until the probe against them is concluded.
He said this while reacting to the claims the council chairmen at a press briefing in Makurdi, the state capital, on Saturday, June 24, Daily Trust reported.
Benue Assembly suspends 23 LG chairmen, gives strong reason
23 local government chairmen were on Wednesday, June 21, suspended by the Benue State House of Assembly.
According to the Assembly, the chairmen’s suspension was with immediate effect over the alleged misappropriation of funds.
Speaker of the House, Aondona Dajoh, made this known during plenary after a consideration of the report of the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the income and expenditures report forwarded to it by the Governor, Rev Fr Dr Hyacinth Alia.
Drama as Governor Alia’s candidate floors SGF Akume’s choice to emerge Benue speaker
The anointed candidate of Governor Hyacinth Alia, Hon Hyacinth Aondona Dajoh, a first-timer in the parliament, has emerged as the Speaker of the 10th Benue State House of Assembly.
Dajoh emerged as Speaker after polling 17 votes in a runoff election against 15 votes polled by the Secretary General of the Federation, George Akume’s preferred candidate, Mrs Beckie Orpin, who is also a first-time lawmaker.