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Sack of LGCs Chairmen premised on maladministration, gross misconduct – Akura



By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

The Special Adviser to the Governor of Benue State on Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Dr. Dennis Akura has disclosed that the sack of Gboko, Ukum and Katsina Ala local government council Chairman is based on their maladministration and gross misconduct at their respective local government councils.

Mr. Dennis Akura, also disclosed that the bureau has officially communicated to the caretaker committee chairmen of Gboko, Katsina-Ala and Ukum local government councils, to immediately vacate their offices following the termination of their appointment by governor Hyacinth Alia.

Nigerian NewsDirect reports that Rev. Fr Hyacinth Alia, had on Tuesday, 19th February, 2024, sent an executive communication to the Benue State House of Assembly and requested for immediate approval to sack the affected chairmen and replaced them with new ones.

The affected caretaker chairmen includes; Tavershima Agber Abraham, Gboko LGC, Pst. Gideon Haanongon , Ukum LGC and Francis Zanzan, Katsina Ala LGC respectively.

The Governor named those to take over from the affected chairmen as Verlumun Avar, Gboko LGC, Victor Iorzaa, Ukum and Justin Shaku, Katsina Ala LGC.

Reacting to this development, special adviser to Governor Hyacinth Alia on local government and chieftaincy affairs, Mr. Dennis Akura, said the bureau has officially communicated to the affected Chairmen to hand over all the local government properties in their care with immediate effect .

Mr. Akura while speaking with members of the Correspondents’ chapel in his office in Makurdi, said that the new Council Chairmen of the affected Local Governments have been directed by the Bureau resume offices.

He explained that the bureau for local government and chieftaincy affairs is saddled with the primary responsibility of monitoring and superviing the local government councils in the State, have found the affected chairmen of gross misconduct and embezzlement of local government funds.

“The principal special assistant to governor on monitoring and supervision in company of other staff of bureau, went on routine monitoring to the local government councils and in the process of their interactions with the council chairmen, it was discovered that they tempered with the council’s revenue funds.

“Some of them were engaged in act of gross misconduct, embazzled monies meant for the councils and doing things that is unbecoming of a local government chairman.

“So, monitoring of local government affairs is part of our responsibility and that is what the PSA and other staff went for. They didn’t went there to carry out investigation, they were on routine monitoring before they stormed into this. However, there is a different committee saddled with the responsibility of investigation and we still waiting for their reports.

“We, at the bureau for local government and chieftaincy affairs, we operates a zero account expenditures and that is what the Joint Accounts, Allocation Committee(JAAC), is all about.

“Therefore, it is the local government councils that spends their money and so, anytime we are inform of misappropriation of fund, we arrest the situation immediately, so the governor has taken a decision and we have communicated same to the affected chairmen”, Akura said.

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APC professionals hail apex court ruling on LG autonomy



The All Progressives Congress(APC) Professionals Forum says the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed Local Government autonomy will shore up development at that tier of government.
Dr Isa Yuguda, Chairman of the forum’s Board of Trustees, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said that the ruling was one of President Bola Tinubu’s major gifts to Nigeria’s democratic growth.
Yuguda said that the forum, like many Nigerians, had always wondered why state governments had, over the years, held on to funds meant for local government administrations, contrary to constitutional provisions.
He said that the development was more painful in recent months because, in spite of a quantum leap in allocations from federal purse to states and local governments, there was no commensurate improvement.
He regretted that since Tinubu assumed office, there had not been much improvement in development at state levels, let alone at the grassroots.
“This was why we supported the president’s position on the local governments, especially the decision to sue the 36 state governors over alleged misuse of local g9overnment funds.
“Now that the Supreme Court has affirmed our position and declared it unconstitutional for governors to hold on to local government funds, we praise Tinubu for testing the matter in court,” Yuguda said.
He recalled that Tinubu, as Governor of Lagos State, took the Federal Government to the Supreme Court on multiple occasions on constitutional matters.
“For our group, the court’s affirmation of local government autonomy is the first step towards grassroots development because that tier will now have direct access to funds statutorily allocated to them.
“This is good for democracy and is bound to increase fund allocations to the third tier of government,” the statement said,
He said Tinubu should be applauded for actualising what his predecessors could not.
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Political entrepreneurs behind crisis in political parties — A.A Nat’l Chair



By: Austine Emmanuel, Kaduna

National Chairman of the Action Alliance (A.A) Party, Hon. Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje has disclosed that political bigwigs are the ones sponsoring crisis in some political parties in Nigeria.

Omo-Aje asserted this in a statement made available to journalists in Kaduna, on Wednesday said that political bigwigs often sponsor former political members to cause chaos so as to distract leaders from carrying out developmental strategies as panacea to sustainable growth within the party.

The Chairman, who congratulated Comrade Edozie Njoku on his recent victory at the Supreme Court declaring him as the authenticated National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA,) said it is an open secret that these bigwigs are behind the current crisis in A.A.

He added that the needed justice would remain elusive, but the bold move by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC,) to recognize Comr. Edozie as the National Chairman of APGA is a welcome development.

Omo-Aje noted that “the Wheel of Justice Grinds Slowly But Exceedingly Fine,”  the philosophy acknowledges the frustrating, often slow pace of getting justice but advises patience because eventually justice will be served.”

According to him, the leadership tussle bedevilling some political parties in Nigeria such as Action Alliance (AA), and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), among others, will make one understand the impact of the above popular saying.

He stressed that just like APGA, the Action Alliance has been involved in the leadership tussle for a long time since in 2017 while APGA began her ‘Political Civil War’ a little over 6 years ago.

“I referred to the problem within APGA as a political civil war because the political tussle when it lasted was among the members of the political party, while the onslaught on our Party is from outsiders,” he stated.

According to him, it is no longer a secret that political bigwigs are the ones sponsoring the former members of A. A to disrupt the governance and political activities of the party.

However, he maintained that the Wheel of Justice will eventually grind finely for Action Alliance as it ground fine for APGA, adding that he believes in the Justice System of Nigeria to always favour the truth.

“Both the Greek and Chinese ancient philosophers are ascribed with the ancient wise saying that ‘The Wheel of Justice Grinds Slowly But Exceedingly Fine,’ the philosophy acknowledges the frustrating often-slow pace of getting justice but advises patience because eventually justice will be served.

“Comrade Edozie Njoku eventually got justice after getting a judgement in his favour from one court to another even to the Supreme Court yet it seemed as if the needed justice would remain elusive but the bold move by the INEC to recognize him as the genuine Chairman is a welcoming development.

“I congratulate Hon. Edozie Njoku and his National Executive,  I admire their doggedness and persistence to get the deserved justice.

“I am using this opportunity to thank all our members who have been unwavering in their support and loyalty. I assure you again,  both Barrister Kenneth Udeze and his sponsors have met more than their match in me and my team.

“Let’s not fight or be angry with those who abandoned the ship when it seems the ship is leaking. Let us be more understanding and tolerate them, more especially to those who are sitting on the fence.

“Just like our brother from APGA, We also have a Supreme Court ruling affirming that Barrister Kenneth Udeze and his accomplice Mr James Vernimbe are not our members. THE SAME SUPREME COURT!”

“It may be delayed but I am confident that the Wheel of Justice will grind finely for us in Action Alliance. Once again, I assure you that I won’t stop leading you even from the battlefront until we conquer both the enemies within and without.”

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PDP suspends National Vice Chairman (South South), Orbih



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended its National Vice Chairman (South South), Chief Dan Orbih over his alleged actions and utterances on Edo governorship primary election of the party.

The party disclosed this, in a statement, by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ologunagba said that the National Working Committee (NWC), at its 588th meeting on Wednesday, July 10,;considered all issues, including complaints on the activities of Orbih, concerning the Sept. 21 election.

According to him, the NWC, at the meeting, unanimously condemned the embarrassing actions and utterances of Orbih relating to the Edo State Governorship Primary Election of PDP.

“The actions and utterances are inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017) and the demand of his office as a national officer of the party.

“Consequently, the NWC has set up a six-member committee headed by the Deputy National Chairman (South), Amb. Taofeek Arapaja, to investigate the issue pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the party.

“In the meantime, the NWC forthwith suspends Chief Dan Orbih from participating in all meetings, activities and programmes of the NWC, pending the conclusion of the investigation by the committee,” he said.

Ologunagba added that the NWC acknowledged the support and solidarity of the overwhelming majority of the people of Edo who rallied round the PDP and its Candidate, Dr Asue Ighodalo.

He charged all PDP leaders, critical stakeholders and members in Edo to remain united, focused and continue to work hard for the victory of PDP and its candidate in the upcoming election.

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