The Benue House of Assembly has suspended six Local Government Chairmen, over an alleged misappropriation of public funds and gross misconduct.
The local government chairmen who were suspended for 3 months after a plenary on Monday, were said to be chairmen of Oju LGA, Mr Augustine Okwoche, Makurdi LGA, Mrs Justina Akange Audu, Kwande LGA, Mr Terdoo Kenti and his vice, Mr Aondowaser Andrew, Agatu LGA, Mrs Comfort Echoda and her vice, Mr Joseph Ngbede, Okpokwu LGA, Mr Francis Oguche and Gboko LGA, Mrs Becky Orpin.
The Benue House of Assembly initiated the process of suspending the six local government chairmen after it received a correspondence from the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who accused the suspended chairmen of misappropriating local government funds, gross misconduct and abuse of office.
The suspended local government chairman are all members of the All Progressives Congress, and according to the publicity Secretary, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Mr James Ornguga, it is politically motivated.
”If you say, their suspension is due to financial impropriety, how about that of Buruku local government council Chairman, who is related to the governor.
There are more damaging allegations against her but the governor has chosen to sweep them under cover. The Chairman of Apa local government had the same issues against him, but as soon as he decamped from the APC to the PDP, all allegations were dropped.
The governor is just being vindictive and punitive just because the Chairmen refused to decamp to the PDP with him; the man is just revealing his true colors, but not to worry, he has but a short time to leave office,” he said.