Bello of Kogi State has ordered theÂ immediate
reinstatement of all LocalÂ Government Chairmen that
were relieved ofÂ their
positions, in the twilight of theÂ administration of
immediate-past GovernorÂ Idris Wada.
Recall that on Tuesday, November
24, ex-Â governor Wada had removed 15 chairmen
ofÂ local governments from office for defecting
toÂ the then opposition All Progressives
But in a directive through the
Chief of Staff toÂ the Governor, Mr. Edward David Onoja,
onÂ Friday, Governor Bello stated that he
isÂ committed to his contract with the people
ofÂ Kogi State to promote the rule of law
andÂ ensure that no one is oppressed based
onÂ political beliefs or any other
Bello directed that in
situations where ViceÂ Chairmen are acting in the
capacity of theÂ affected Chairmen, the former are to
revert toÂ their original
positions.Â Governor Bello expects the normalization to
carried out without rancour, regardless ofÂ political differences.
According to the directive,
Chairmen who wereÂ removed via impeachment are
have been legally removed and are bound toÂ the legal status quo.Â The Governor directed the Ministry of LocalÂ Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and theÂ Local Government Service Commission toÂ comply immediately and accordingly.
It would be recalled that the Governor had, inÂ his inaugural speech, promised to lead theÂ state with respect for the rule of law andÂ constitutionalism, restating his commitment toÂ effective Local Government Administration inÂ the state. This directive is in line with the NewÂ Direction of constitutional supremacy.