Michael Nwoke, the executive chairman, Obingwa Local Government Area and Abia State chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), has pointed accusing fingers at a “Cabal” in the state over rising threats to his life and office for defending the constitutionality of the local government authority.
The state ALGON chairman, who revealed this in a release in Umuahia, alleged that the cabal have sworn and decided not to rest until local governments in the state become a laughing stock.
He also accused the “Cabal” of having focused on ensuring that local government chairmen not loyal to their group, will not succeed, including the state ALGON chairman. He added that they go about bragging and issuing unnecessary threats.
Nwoke recalled that he was invited to the Department of State Service (DSS) a week ago for questioning on a security fund earmarked for an event that he was not privy to.
“On return from the invite, I issued a statement informing the general public the reason for the invite and warned those behind it to leave my name or office out of unscrupulous activities.
“As I write, my houses both in Aba and the village are under close monitoring while I issue this statement from an undisclosed location. This, however, poses a serious threat to my entire family.
“These same persons ensured I was illegally removed as Abia State ALGON chairman sometime ago without recourse to the constitution.
“Their plot didn’t see the light of day and they have continued in their plans. Now, they are threatening fire and brimstone because I queried why the purchase of vehicles for local government chairmen and deputies should come from them in a democratic setting like ours.
“May I also remind them that as constitutionally elected chairmen, the local government as an independent arm of government is expected to manage its resources without undue interference”, he said.