…..Seek House Of Assembly’s Approval For Impeachment
Councillors in Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State, on Friday, suspended the Chairman of the council, Mr Tajudeen Ajide, over misappropriation of funds and abuse of office.
The decision, which was collectively taken by all the nine councillors in the local government, was to enable them conclude their investigations.
In the resolution made by the councillors at the end of its plenary session on Friday, 9th April 2021 and which was signed by all of them, the suspended Council Chairman was said to have refused to make available all legal documents of all contracts issued by his administration from inceptive till date.
They subsequently passed a vote of no confidence in the chairman. The vote of no confidence was followed by his suspension, based on grounds that he misappropriated Council funds, misused power and as well did not follow due process.
In the resolution sighted by WESTERNPOST, the Councillors stated: “Our findings show that 95 per cent of the contracts of the Local Government was been executed by two contractors (Olupopson Construction Limited and Serial Touch Limited) there was no bidding done and no due process followed in contractor selection.
“The Chairman also expended the sum of N60 million which was not budgeted for in the year 2020 on the pretence of variation on the construction of Primary Health Centre at Akerele which is an impeachable offence.
“Bogus and overinflated contracts on the purchase of official vehicles for the Legislative Arm which will be a financial burden on the Councillors . Embezzlement of funds allocated for the purchase of two buses for the legislative arm.
“In view of the foregoing, Council resolved that since the Chairman was invited on three occasions in 2021 and refused to honour all the invitations, The Council, have therefore, resolved that the Executive Chairman be suspended from office to enable the Legislative Council conclude its investigation. Therefore, the Legislative Arm seeks the approval of the House of Assembly for the impeachment of the Local Government Chairman.”
It was gathered that the Councillors sealed the office of the Council Manager but was later unsealed by the members of staff under the umbrella of Natuional Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).