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Suspended Ogun LG Chair Takes A Fresh Dig At Gov Abiodun

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Ogun State local government chairman, Wale Adedayo, vows to challenge his suspension by councillors over allegations of maladministration

Seven councillors suspend Adedayo for three months, alleging financial mismanagement and direct him to hand over council property to the Vice Chairman

Wale Adedayo, the embattled Chairman of Ogun State’s Ijebu East Local Government Area, has described his suspension by councillors as a charade and vowed to challenge them democratically.

Adedayo, who accused Governor Dapo Abiodun of diverting council allocations, was suspended for three months by seven councillors.

On Thursday, the seven councillors stated that the Legislative Council had received various allegations that needed investigation and directed Adedayo to appear at its next meeting on Thursday, September 14, 2023.

They made 15 allegations against the chairman, including maladministration and financial mismanagement.

Fasheyi Akindele Adesuji, Leader of the House, Bolutife Osunfisan, Deputy Leader, Kemi Aliu, Adeniyi Adenuga, Abass Sidikat, Biyi Oguntubo, and Rotimi Olubode Williams are the seven councillors.

They agreed that “the Chairman should step aside to allow for the proper conduct of investigations.”

The Council Chairman, Hon. Wale Adedayo, is hereby suspended for three months pending the conclusion of the investigations and therefore directed to handover all the properties of the council in his possession to the Vice Chairman, who will act as the Chairman during the suspension of the Chairman as provided in the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The Council Chairman is directed to appear before the House on the next sitting of the House on Thursday, September 14, 2023.

That the Council Treasurer, through the Head of the Local Government Administration (HOLGA) should furnish the financial/bank statement of the council in the last two years, along with other relevant documents and vouchers as the House may require in order to aid investigations.

That the above resolutions be copied to the Governor of Ogun State and the Ogun State House of Assembly. The sitting is hereby adjourned to Thursday, September 14, 2023.

Reacting to the suspension, Adedayo said;

Suspension or impeachment of a local government chairman ought to follow due process. The first stage is a letter to me about the so-called infractions.

Of course, they stormed the council secretariat with more than 100 armed policemen this morning along with thugs and agberos. They thought we were going to react violently as they had prepared. We are in a democracy. We’ll challenge them democratically.

All the allegations are baseless and without foundation. They forcefully marched the Clerk of the House to Abeokuta yesterday (Wednesday) along with the local government’s HOLGA. So, we knew what the Governor was up to before the charade of this morning.

Two of the councillors were led to the council at gunpoint. And immediately after they finished, all of them were taken in a vehicle to Abeokuta. Of course, I was told that N1m was given to each person that signed. We are not bothered. Once the EFCC comes, the books of the local government can also be opened for them to see

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