Members of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) have expressed shock over a purported communique removing their National President, Kolade Alabi David.
According to some of the members of their NEC, the report about the removal of the Bariga LCDA chairman is a hoax and that there was no such meeting where the decision was taken.
Speaking on the matter, ALGON Secretary-General Binta Bello wondered where such meeting was held.
Bello said: “My attention has been drawn to an alleged meeting of ALGON National Executive Council on the 6th of September.
“I want to confirm that no such meeting was held. As the Secretary-General of the association, the responsibilities of the process of convening such meeting is vested on me or as directed by me of which neither of the two happened. It is rather unfortunate to claim that such a meeting took place which further claimed the removal of the incumbent President Mr Kolade Alabi. I urge all ALGON Staff to guide against an illegitimate information and to remain peaceful.”
According to Nassarawa State ALGON Chairman Aminu Muazu Maifata, the entire story is a hoax capable of destroying the main fabrics of ALGON and should therefore be deeply investigated.
“I write to refute the purported removal of Kolade David Alabi – the incumbent National President of ALGON as circulated on the on-line platform of national newspapers.
“To the best of my knowledge, neither was there a NEC meeting nor a resolution to that effect without the National Secretariat’s Knowledge,” Maifata said.
His Akwa Ibom State counterpart Frank Archibong said the report is grossly misleading and absolutely condemnable in all ramifications.
“I am not only an Exco Member of ALGON, I am also a NEC member of our association.
“How can anyone be so unkind to his nation and deliberately want to cause confusion to a most dynamic and trusted leadership more so that the writer is ‘faceless’!
“In a few days, the entire ALGON NEC will be meeting where the source of the publication will be unravelled with the media in attendance.”
Also Taofeek Isa from Kogi State chapter described the report as “unfounded, reckless and most embarrassing.”
“As a member of ALGON NEC, I emphatically deny knowledge of any meeting where our NEC “removed the democratically elected Kolade Alabi” as ALGON President.
“Suffice to say that the mischievous individual who sponsored the dastardly publication to embarrass the amiable National President for personal benefits is an inconsequential rascal known to all members. I urge you to discountenance the fictitious story as published,” Isa said.
Taraba State ALGON Chairman Stephen Ibrahim said the person that signed the communique is not known to the association.
Ibrahim said: “My attention has been drawn to purported removal of our national president Kolade Alabi where one Andrew Alu who though claims to be the National Publicity Secretary. This is Scandalous with a most haunting venom of ‘the ranting of an ant.’
“More importantly, Not only is the said Andrew Alu unknown to the body of ALGON, we do not also have such name as our National Publicity Secretary. I confirm to you that no NEC meeting was held at Nicon Hotels.”
Ezekiel Pabuet from Plateau said: “Gone are the days where imposters can be used to tarnish and undermine the image of a very serious body like ALGON that was once a formidable voice in this country for which the present leadership is trying to bring back.
“We cannot sit and watch people of questionable and unstable character that are not even part of ALGON and never contested an election of any ALGON Office to make such flagrant and unfortunate statement.
“Such action must be investigated and handed over to Security Agents when found culpable in order to serve as lesson to others.”