The leadership crisis rocking the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) has taken a dramatic twist as a faction declared Kolade Alabi, chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area, Lagos, as president of the association at a meeting in Abuja.
In a swift reaction, the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee and the executive chairman of Suleja Local Government Council, Niger State, Honourable Abdullahi Maje, said its leadership was not aware of the meeting and would not accord recognition to the factional ALGON President.
Honourable Maje in a statement described the meeting as “illegal and should be disregarded by its members nationwide and the members of the public.”
He said: “We received complaints from our members that a meeting was held at a venue in Abuja without them being invited. Upon our investigations, we got to know that someone who is not a member of the association did convene the said meeting.
“We, however, disassociate ourselves from such a meeting for the following reasons: Firstly, the convener has no constitutional right to do so. Secondly, the said convener, Kolade Alabi, is a Chairman of a Local Council Development Authority (LCDA) created by the Lagos State government but not recognised by the constitution of the Federation Republic of Nigeria and Constitution of ALGON.
“Our leadership, therefore states categorically that whatever decision made at such illegal meeting should be disregarded and seen as efforts in futility.
“This is necessary to put the record straight because there is a subsisting court case before a competent court of law challenging the legitimacy of the said Kolade Alabi.”
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