ALGON: FG Backs Okafor on Succession Crisis

14 Apr 2012

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Felix Akhabue

By Ike Abonyi in Abuja

The federal government has urged the sacked National President of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Felix Akhabue to "respect the law and stay out of the association or go to court if he is not satisfied."

The Political Adviser to the President and the court declared arbiter in the ALGON matter, Ahmad Ali  Gulak told THISDAY exclusively that the former Interim Management Committee headed by Akhabwe ceases to exist from March 23rd 2012 when a new President, Nwabueze Okafor, current Chairman of Enugu South and Chapter Chairman of Enugu ALGON, was elected in Abuja.

The Political Adviser said that the court appointed the Interim management team with a directive to stay six months within which there should be an election and made him the arbiter to conduct election.

Said Gulak: "But rather than leave after the six months, the committee continued since 2010. This is in spite of the fact that they are no longer Chairmen of local government councils which qualified them in the first place to be national officers of the association."

According to section 14(c ) of ALGON constitution, to be eligible to contest election into executive position of the association, the person must have been elected as chairman of local government and chairman of state chapter of the body but THISDAY learnt that Akhabwe stopped being local government chairman since October 2010 when Governor Adams Oshiohmole dissolved Ishan West Local Government Area and replaced him with a transition chairman.

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