Benue LGA chairmen kick against suspension by state government 

Local government chairmen in Benue state,  weekend kicked against their purported suspension by the state government. The described the suspension illegal.

The chairmen also said they will not comply with the instruction issued by the Benue state House of Assembly and the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs suspending them and the entire elected legislative council.

The chairmen addressed a press conference Saturday in Makurdi and said they did not recognise the directive and did not consider themselves under any obligation to give heed to the directive or suspension and will not comply with any directive that emanated from it.

The ALGON chairman, Michael Uba, who read the  text of the press conference said it was not known to them under any law that they and the government at the third  tier of government  could be sacked in that manner by the state assembly and the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

“Our position derives a fundamental base from the incontrovertible fact of our offices being a creation of law as guaranteed under the supreme umbrella of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended in 1999), which recognises the tier of government we function at as the third in a tripod made up of the federal, state and local.

“We were elected as council chairmen on 30th April, 2022, in the local council elections conducted by the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) and sworn into office on 29th June, 2022.

“We, in line with the provision of extant law proclaimed the legislative councils in our various areas, which were also duly elected and thereafter forwarded to them our nominations for the offices of supervisors whom we swore into the various statutorily designated offices, together with special advisers to our offices.

“We were not appointed into office, but were elected by the electorate of Benue state and vested with a mandate which is guaranteed under law, with the procedure for the administration of the councils under our leadership clearly provided for under the Local Government Establishment Law of Benue state.

“We will not surrender to illegality and impunity as is being contrived against us,” the statement reads in part.

Governor Hyacinth Alia in a statement by his chief p secretary, Tersoo Kula, debunked accusations from council chairmen in the state that he has sacked them from office.
The governor said he was surprised that the council chairmen have chosen to react the way they did, insisting that they have only been suspended from office to pave way for a seamless investigation.