The 16 suspended Local Government Chairmen in Kwara State has said that they were not under any pressure to withdraw their legal suit challenging their suspension by the state government.
The chairmen, under the auspice of All Local Governments in Nigeria (ALGON), declared as untrue the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that they were pressurized to withdraw the case.
In a statement jointly signed by Hon Joshua Omokanye and Hon. Abubakar Abdullahi Bata, Chairman and Secretary respectively in Ilorin on Friday, ALGON said: “We the Local Government Council Chairmen in Kwara State dissociate ourselves from the Statement that emanated from the Office of the State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that we were pressurized to sign off our legal case with Kwara State Government.
“We state categorically that we were not forced and not under any parochial sentiment to step down the Legal Suit against the state governor and others,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the suspended LG chairmen withdraw the case willingly to enable them clear their names by attending to the invitation of the Kwara State House of Assembly.
“It must also be noted that Kwara State House of Assembly is the arm of government that has the constitutional responsibility to invite Local Government Council Chairmen for questioning.
“We cannot afford to decline the invitation because it is not advisable to throw away the baby with the bath water, the statement added.
The chairmen said the action taken was out of their own volition to find l solution on the suspension impasse and for the overall benefit of the good people of the state.
“It is also important to state without mincing words that our case is premise on opportunity offer to clear our names which will subsequently promote speedy socioeconomic progress of the state.
“It will be good for anyone to desist from linking the development with betrayal of political leader because no one influences our decision to use legal means in the first instance,” the statement said.
According to the statement, similar incidence happened in Ekiti State, where the elected local government chairmen were suspended by Gov Kayode Fayemi.
“There were opportunities created by the state legislative arm during the impasse and resolution was reached for the good of the state,” it added.