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Politics of Thursday, 21 May 2020


Our LG chairman has withheld our fund, APC councillors cry out

The Local Government chairman of the Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara has been accused by five Councillors of withholding their funds.

Recall that the chairman and six councillors defected from APC to the arch-rival People’s Democratic Party (PDP), last month.

In a statement issued by their spokesman, Sani Ibrahim, the affected said, “we are paid our salaries but we do not get funds to run our offices.

“The local government Chairman, Alhaji Lawali Abdullahi, has withheld our imprest from Feb. to April. We want the lawmakers to intervene,” their spokesman, alleged.

He listed others affected to include Sagir Sani (Galadima Ward), Kasimu Nura (Kungurki Ward), Babangida Ibrahim (Yankaba Ward) and Kabiru Sani (Kagara Ward).

“We are appealing to the Zamfara State House of Assembly that has the responsibility of monitoring the affairs of local government councils in the state to intervene and fight for us

“We have been consulting with the council chairman over this issue but he has refused to listen to us. He has chosen to pay only councillors who defected along with him to the PDP,” they alleged

Reacting to the allegations, the Council Chairman, Alhaji Lawali Abdullahi, said they had no merit.

“I cannot withhold any body’s imprest or allowances because of any political differences. Sometimes we face financial difficulties, that is why aside councillors, I, as chairman, has no allowances to run my office.

“I have reported the paucity of funds to the highest authority with the aim of resolving it. It is not right for my colleagues to start making wild allegations,” he said.

“The councillors are getting wild. Yesterday (Thursday), they attacked me in Gusau at the Secretariat of the Ministry for Local Government. This is very unfortunate and worrisome,” the council chairman lamented. (NAN)

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