Vice-chairmen and Councillors in the 16 local governments of Kwara State have described their suspension from office by the Government as unlawful and illegal.
The vice-chairmen and Councillors made this known at a news briefing in Ilorin on Monday.
Hon Yusuf Salihu Mohammed, Vice-chairman of Ilorin West local government, who addressed the press, said the six months suspension was unknown to the Nigerians Constitution and Kwara local government Law.
“It is clear that the suspension slammed on the Local Government councils, particularly, that of the Legislative arms is not just unlawful but is, indeed, and arbitrary exercise of executive power.
“All the Councillors in Kwara State rejected the suspension but resolved to remain at home in order to give peace a chance in the state,” he said.
According to him, all Councillors staged a peaceful protest to the State House of Assembly and Government House to express their displeasure over the illegal suspension and pleaded for lifting the suspension order.
Mohammed however lamented that all entreaties made to persuade the government to rescind the suspension order were tactically blocked.
He declared that both the vice chairmen and Councillors were not incriminated in the investigations conducted by the state government.
“For the past six months, investigations being carried out by the Government on the Local Government Councils only found the 16 Council Chairmen wanting.
“Nothing was found against the Honourable Speakers that were invited.
“The Vice Chairmen and other Councilors were not invited for questioning, yet they were left on suspension.
“We know, and we know that Government knows too, that the vice chairmen and councilors did not perpetrate any fraud in the Council.
“Why are we then preventing elected officers from doing their jobs and from collecting their entitlements? He asked.
Mohammed said all the suspended vice chairmen and councilors were placed on half salaries during the first six months of their suspension, adding that with the extension of the suspension order, their salaries have been stopped.
He therefore appealed to traditional rulers, religious leaders and eminent personalities to prevail on Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to stop the torture and pains inflicted on the suspended elected local governments officials.