Reports says that the Governor of Kogi state Idris Wada sacked about 15 Local Government Chairmen out of office for defecting to the rival All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr James Adedoyin in Lokoja.
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It said that the removed chairmen will no longer remain in office having decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) that sponsored them.
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 action.
They defected to the APC during the grand finale of its governorship campaign held in Lokoja on Nov. 18.
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.
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 appropriate.
[pull_quote_left]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.[/pull_quote_left]
The governor said the handing and taking over should be completed by Wednesday Nov. 25, the statement said.