Wada sacks 15 council chairmen for defecting to APC

Governor Idris Wada of Kogi on Tuesday removed
15 chairmen of local governments from office for
defecting to the rival All Progressives Congress

This is contained in a statement issued in Lokoja
and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Local Governments and Chieftaincy
Affairs, Mr James Adedoyin in Lokoja.

The statement cited section 20 sub section (1) and
section 36 sub section 1 (d) of Kogi State Local
Government Law 2000 as amended to back the

It explained that the sacked chairmen can no
longer remain in office having decamped from the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that sponsored

Some of the affected council chairmen include that
of Lokoja, Ogori-Magongo, Idah, Adavi, Ankpa,
Okehi, Bassa, Yagba East, Yagba West and Okene
among others.

They defected to the APC during the grand finale of
its governorship campaign held in Lokoja on Nov.

The statement warned the sacked council chairmen
to stay away from offices, directing the vice
chairmen or the council leaders to take over the
affairs of the affected councils as may be

The governor said the handing and taking over
should be completed by Wednesday Nov. 25, the
statement said.

One of the grounds for their defection was the
refusal of Wada to implement a decision of the
Court of Appeal in Abuja on Oct 29 that nullified
the removal of the elected chairmen from office.

They were removed from office based on the order
of a Kogi State High Court sitting in Koton Karfe
which ruled that the election of May 4, 2013 which
brought them into office was faulty.

Relying on the judgment, Kogi State Government
asked the chairmen and councillors to vacate office
but the affected officials approached the Appeal
Court which set aside the ruling and declared that
they resume immediately.

Kogi state government refused to give effect to the
ruling until Nov. 23.

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