Yola North cri­sis: Drama as vice chair­man an­nounces dis­so­lu­tion of coun­cil

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kabiru R. An­war, Yola

The cri­sis in Yola North Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Coun­cil has taken a new di­men­sion as the coun­cil chair­man Mah­mud Abba is fac­ing a supremacy bat­tle with his deputy, Ge­orge Raphael who is be­lieved to en­joy back­ing of peo­ple in high places.

The chair­man had re­sumed of­fice last two weeks from a three-month sus­pen­sion slammed on him by Gov­er­nor Muham­mad Jib­rilla on rec­om­men­da­tion of the state House of As­sem­bly af­ter some of his coun­cilors ac­cused him of mis­man­age­ment.

Abba’s deputy who had served as act­ing chair­man has re­fused to sur­ren­der power since Abba re­turned, in­stead he an­nounced cab­i­net dis­so­lu­tion.

Ad­dress­ing the press over the week­end, the Spe­cial Ad­vi­sor to the Chair­man, Sa’adu Halidu who led five su­per­vi­sory coun­cilors, said the af­fected ex­ec­u­tives would take le­gal ac­tion against state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who he ac­cused of stok­ing the cri­sis as the vice chair­man lacked con­sti­tu­tional pow­ers to sack them from of­fice.

When con­tacted, Ge­orge Raphael said since the chair­man had chal­lenged his sus­pen­sion in court, he could not re­sume of­fice un­til the court de­cided the case.

He added that the chair­man was also privy to the dis­so­lu­tion as it formed part of terms of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with Gov­er­nor Jib­rilla and some top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who were not con­sulted in ap­point­ments made by the chair­man.

But Mah­mudu Abba de­nied be­ing privy to the de­ci­sion or reach­ing any terms with the gov­er­nor, chal­leng­ing his deputy to present a doc­u­ment to sup­port his claim.

The em­bat­tled su­per­vi­sory coun­cilors who at­tended the press brief­ing were Musa Muhammed, Muham­mad Dikko, Muham­mad. Goni, Yakubu Ah­mad and Sani Muham­mad.

Pil­grims board­ing an air­craft dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral flight from La­gos State yes­ter­day. PHOTO:

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