The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) has appealed to security agencies to enforce the Federal High Court order authorising its Interim Management Committee (IMC) to run its affairs.
Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar, ALGON Secretary-General, made the appeal at a news conference on Sunday in Abuja while speaking on the leadership crises rocking the association.
He said the appeal had become necessary, especially as the Kolade Alabi-led faction of ALGON refused to allow the IMC assume office as directed by the court.
According to Abubakar, the IMC was harassed by the Alabi-led faction of ALGON in spite of the court order, adding that the intervention of security agencies will help to avoid further crises in the association.
He said the court order with suit no:FHC/ABJ/CV/C3/378/2021 and dated Aug. 6, had not been appealed nor vacated and still subsists.
He added that ALGON General Assembly which was its highest organ constituted the IMC to carry out its functions for a six months period, and to conduct an election to enthrone new leadership for it.
He explained that the IMC had to go to court following the resistance of the Kolade Alabi-led faction of the association to vacate the position it illegally occupied.
“Luckily for the IMC, an order was granted by the court that Alabi should step aside while the rightful persons come in via election.
“The court also gave the IMC the powers to run the affairs of ALGON for the stipulated period, but this is not being honoured,” he said.
The ALGON Secretary-General, therefore, appealed to the police to stop Alabi from parading himself as president of the association as granted by the court.
“We are calling on particularly, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to look around and talk to his men at their various commands not to encourage illegality in ALGON.
“They should ensure that the right thing is done and the court order obeyed, this will help douse tension and enable the association achieve its objectives,” he said.
He stressed that this was also necessary to avoid further crises in the association that had of late, been having leadership issues.
He, however, noted that ALGON crises which its stakeholders had been finding ways to address to enable it deliver on its mandate, had been on for a while.
“Sadly, in the past one and a half year, the association had been in the hands of those we termed as imposter in the person of Kolade Alabi from Lagos State.
“This is because he had been discovered not to be a member of any of the 774 Local Government in the country that constituted ALGON membership and its executives,” he explained.
According to Abubakar, Alabi misled the association by introducing himself as a member of ALGON, adding a proper check was not carried out on him before he was brought into office.
He described the Alabi-led faction of ALGON as imposters that should not be allowed to have their ways.
He added that Alabi was only an administrator from a Development Area Council formed by a former Lagos State governor for political convinence.
He maintained that the association could not just fold its hands without taking steps to correct the mistake and abnormality.