Lagos Assembly voids Lagos council boss’ suspension

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The Lagos House of Assembly has voided the purported suspension of Surulere Local Government chairman, Hon Tajudeen Ajide.

This was the outcome of a three-hour sitting to hear issues surrounding the suspension of Ajide.

The Assembly also berated the councillors, stating the purported suspension was based on false claims.

Nine aggrieved councillors last Friday claimed to have passed a no-confidence vote on the chairman.

They later appointed Ajide’s deputy, Sulaiman Yussuf as ‘acting chairman’.

The councillors are Barakat Akande, David Adebisi, Kehinde Fasasi, Philips Olubunmi, and Ijitola Olusegun. Others are Eric Otinwa, Ajala Ajibola, Kareem Abiodun, and Kazeem Bello.

The feuding parties appeared before the Public Account Committee (for Local Government) led by Hon. Mojeed Fatai.

The committee berated the councillors for taking the laws into their hands without following the laws guiding local governments.

The committee said the councillors did not follow due process informing that a seven-man investigative panel must be put in place by Assembly before a council chairman can be suspended.

“Councillors do not have the power to suspend or remove a council chairman. The law is very clear on that and it is important that our councillors should know the law very well,” the Committee said.

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