The Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Abia State Chapter, Michael Ibe Nwoke, has been removed by his colleagues.
The removal notice which was contained in a press statement signed by the other 16 LG Chairmen of the State, cited “unwholesome activities” and issuing “provocatively distasteful” statements on behalf of the LG Chairmen “without the recourse, approval, and authority from the 16 Local Government Chairmen”.
They further emphasised that such statements could “ignite disharmonious and acrimonious relationship within the polity”.
The statement in full read:
“The Local Government Councils in the State are playing their legal roles and have been partnering with the State Government in delivering good governance to our people at the grassroots. Therefore under no guise can anyone allege that Abia State Local Government Councils will ‘become a laughing stock’.
“In the Local Government system in Abia State, we have never experienced any form of ‘cabalism’. All the Members of ALGON have been treated equally irrespective of the areas of the State they come from. Therefore, it is false for our chairman to talk about ‘cabal’ within the LG system in Abia State.
“On the issue of purchasing vehicles…, we have never doubted the modus operandi for the procurement of the said vehicles. We have not seen any underhandedness in the process leading to the purchase. We have complete confidence in the process leading to their procurement and subsequent delivery.
“On the management of the Local Government resources, we refute the allegations of meddlesomeness by any external-body”.
According to them, “From the above, it is, indeed, very clear that the press release earlier made by our chairman was unilaterally made without the recourse, approval and authority from the sixteen (16) Local Government Chairmen.
“Therefore, having viewed with great concern these unwholesome activities of Hon Michael Ibe Nwoke, as highlighted above, which have fallen short of the standard of the mandates of his office, we do hereby resolve as follows:
“We pass a vote of no confidence on him as the ALGON Chairman
“We hereby unanimously vote for his removal from office as Abia State ALGON Chairman with immediate effect.
“We will meet and elect a new Abia State ALGON chairman that will have the support of all members of the association for the collective and smooth running of activities of Abia State ALGON”.
They mandated him to hand over all documents relating to the office of the Abia State ALGON Chairman to the Secretariat of the Association warning “henceforth, nobody in the state should have any dealing with him in the name of Abia ALGON, as such actions will be viewed as a nullity”.
They emphasised their unflinching support to the government and administration of the state “and to further confirm our satisfaction in the decisions and policies of this administration which, in our humble view, are crafted and executed in utmost good faith and for the welfare of the generality of the people of the State”.
“We condemn in totality the said press release by our (now removed) chairman as the issues raised are provocatively distasteful and can ignite disharmonious and acrimonious relationships within the polity.
“As leaders and stakeholders in the state, our actions and utterances should be one that should engender peace and love in the State and not anarchy and chaos.
Fielding questions from newsmen afterward, the removed Abia State ALGON Chairman, Hon Michael Nwoke pledged his support to the administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu adding, “There is no controversy; there is no issue. One of the mandates of all of us, the 17 Local Government Chairmen, is to support Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration and that is what we are doing. So, there is no controversy; there is no issue. We are one Body”.