Cri­sis in Kogi LG over im­peach­ment of House Leader

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, lokoja

Okene Lo­cal Govern­ment Coun­cil is en­gulfed in cri­sis as ten coun­cil­lors of the coun­cil yes­ter­day al­leged that their lives are un­der threat over im­peach­ment of the coun­cil leader, Kabiru Mo­moh Habib.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists in Lokoja, the coun­cil­lors ac­cused the ex­ec­u­tive arm of the coun­cil of al­legedly spon­sor­ing thugs to at­tack them.

Ma­jor­ity leader of the coun­cil, Ab­dul Ganiyu Mo­hammed, who spoke on be­half of the ten coun­cil­lors, al­leged that thugs sent by the coun­cil chair­man, Saliu Ogembe, in­vaded the cham­bers premises shortly af­ter the im­peach­ment last week, at­tack­ing ev­ery­body in sight.

He said Mo­moh Habib was im­peached last week by ten out of 11 coun­cil­lors for al­legedly ap­prov­ing N10 mil­lion loan for the ex­ec­u­tive and “em­bark­ing on acts detri­men­tal to the de­vel­op­ment of the area”, among oth­ers.

The coun­cil leader said due process was fol­lowed in the im­peach­ment process and the sub­se­quent elec­tion of Ahmed Ti­jani Zubair, coun­cil­lor rep­re­sent­ing Ori­etesu ward, as the new leader.

But re­spond­ing, chair­man of the coun­cil, Saliu Ogembe, de­nied the al­le­ga­tion, say­ing he is like a fa­ther to all coun­cil­lors.

Ogembe, who said he has been tak­ing care of the needs of the coun­cil­lors within the limited re­sources avail­able to the coun­cil, added that there was bound to be dis­trust when ex­pec­ta­tions are higher that what is avail­able.

He warned that no mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment can thrive in an at­mos­phere of ran­cour and dis­unity, call­ing on the coun­cil­lors to shun ex­ter­nal in­ter­fer­ence.

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