By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
As a form of spiritual preparation for court hearing slated for 17th January 2020, all Vice-Chairmen and Councillors in the 16 local government areas of Kwara state whose Chairmen were suspended from office are urged to fast on 2nd January 2020.
The Chairman, Vice-Chairmen and Councillors Forum Hon Yusuf Mohammed made the appeal on Monday at a joint press conference held by the 16 Local Government Councils’ Vice-Chairmen and Councillors at Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) Press Center Ilorin.
It would be recalled that the Kwara state governor, Mall Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq announced the suspension of all sixteen Local Government Councils Chairmen for six months for alleged misappropriation of public funds since June 18th which was extended for another six months recently under proper investigations ground.
“In the interim, all the Vice-Chairmen and Councillors in all the 16 Local Government Areas are requested to fast on Thursday 2nd January 2020 as form of preparation for battle ahead, thereafter all Vice Chairmen, Councillors and Sympathizers are enjoined to assemble at the High Court premises in Ilorin on 17th January 2020 for the hearing of the case,” he said.
Mohammed said the suspension slammed the Local Government Councils, particularly the Legislative arm which described not just unlawful but arbitrary exercise of Executive power, adding that they reject the suspension but resolved to remain at home in order to give peace a chance in the state.
He added that though the case is in court, and they believed the Judiciary which is the last hope of common man would wipe their tears.
The Chairman of the Forum also disclosed that the governor has ordered the stoppage of the half salary being paid the Vice Chairmen and Councillors since the beginning of the investigation.
“Ladies and gentlemen, you have been taken through the travail of the Kwara State Local Government Vice-Chairmen and Councillors of the 2017-2020 set, ordinarily the absence of the Chairmen who have been accused of Wrong-doing, the Vice-Chairmen should under the law take charge,but the governor did not allow this,he placed the Vice Chairmen under suspension for no reason, the Councilors too who are not involved in the financial transactions in the Councils are also put on suspension, now all their entitlement has been totally stopped, in the history of Local government Councils in Kwara State no elected officers have been humiliated like this present 2017-2020 set, “he explained.
The Forum, however, pleaded with the good people of Kwara State, Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders and Journalists in the state to persuade governor Abdulrazaq not to use his executive power to deny Kwara State good democracy and legitimate rights.