Benue State government has condemned the Senate minority leader, Sen Abba Moro over his motion on the floor of the Senate calling for a halt of federal funds to local government councils with undemocratic structures in Benue and other parts of the country.
While reacting to the motion by Moro in a joint press conference by the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Dennise Akura and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Tersoo Kula in Makurdi, the duo berated Moro for engaging in reckless lies and unbridled insinuations over the state of local government administration in Beñue State.
According to them, Moro manipulated and misinformed the Senate that elected local government chairmen were illegally dissolved contrary to their lawful sack because of their culpability in monumental fraudulent acts.
They said Governor Alia did not dissolve the democratically elected Local Government leadership in the state but rather the Benue State House of Assembly that was vested with the constitutional powers to legislate over the Local Government did.
Kula said the appointment of caretaker chairmen to run the third tier of government in the state was to avoid a lacuna after the sacking of the former council chairmen as recommended by the Benue State House of Assembly which investigated and found them culpable of unprecedented financial impropriety.
He accused Moro of duplicitous partisan mischief having served as Caretaker chairman and Sole Administrator of Okpokwu Local Government Council, but had suddenly seen caretaker chairmen as an aberration.
He urged him to tender an unreserved apology to the people of the state as well as the Benue State House of Assembly.
Kula called on the Senate to always properly scrutinize its motion papers “to avoid a repeat of Moro’s mischief and to prevent them being made a laughing stock by the public.”
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