Failure To Swear-In Vice Chairmen, Councilors From Opposition Parties, Violation Of Rule Of Law-Governor Bello

Peterclaver Egbochue

Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has condemned the actions of some Local Government Council chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, APC for failing to swear-in their elected Vice Chairmen and or councilors from the opposition political parties, describing it as antithetical to the rule of law.

Governor Bello who disclosed this while addressing the newly elected local government chairmen at the closing of a 3-day retreat held for them in Kaduna stated that the rule of law remains sacrosanct and must be observed, adding, “The Rule of Law is key. For those of you that have deliberately or mistakenly refused to swear-in councilors because they come from opposition party is wrong”.

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He observed that imposition of candidates during election often leads a party to lose election and also forces some candidates to leave the party and run under a different political party platform.

The Governor noted that, it was due to the wrong candidate imposed by ‘some people’ in his ward in Kontagora, that cost the APC the councilor’s position, stressing that if he, as the state governor allowed it, why then would the chairmen not swear-in the councilors from the opposition.

The governor then admonished the chairmen to find a subtle way to settle their political differences, adding that divergent political views would always arise and create challenges in the discharge of their duties with their Vice-Chairmen and Legislators.

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He said the All Progressives Congress, APC not only represents change but also stands for fairness, fair play and justice, stressing that this must be seen to be exercised by the members of the party and its leaders.

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