DAILY FILE – The Benue House of Assembly has suspended six Local Government Area Chairmen for three months, over alleged misappropriation of public funds and gross misconduct.
The House suspended the chairmen on Monday during plenary in Makurdi,the state capital.
However, DAILY FILE,gathered that the council chairmen were suspended because of their declined to follow governor Samuel Ortom, to his new party,the People’s Democratic Party,PDP.
The affected council chairmen remained in the All Progressive Congress,APC, under the leadership of Ortom’s Ex-godfather, Sen.George Akume.
The suspended chairmen were that of Oju LGA, Mr Augustine Okwoche, Makurdi LGA, Mrs Justina Akange Audu, Kwande LGA, Mr Terdoo Kenti and his vice, Mr Aondowaser Andrew.
Others were the chairmen of Agatu LGA, Mrs Comfort Echoda and her Vice, Mr Joseph Ngbede, Okpokwu LGA, Mr Francis Oguche and Gboko LGA, Mrs Becky Orpin.
The House had received a correspondence from the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, accusing the suspended chairmen of misappropriating local government funds, gross misconduct and abuse of office.
Ortom, in his correspondence, urged the house to approve the suspension of the accused chairmen.
In its decision, the House unanimously agreed that the chairmen be suspended for three months while they investigate the allegations against them, saying that their offences were contrary to the Local Government Area Law.
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