Three local government chairmen in Akwa Ibom-Ikot Abasi, Mkpat Enin and Esit Eket, who supported the NFIU's directive for financial autonomy for local governments in the country have narrowly escaped impeachment.
One of them who confided in our correspondent, accused the state government of plotting to use the councillors to impeach them for not supporting their nefarious stance against the local government autonomy.
According to him, having lost the battle against, the state governor was restless and aggressive, especially with those of them who bluntly rejected their offer to join them in the law suits against the public opinion.
He expressed gratitude to the councillors for also rejecting their offer to sell the rights of the people. He said “if not that we were fighting a just cause and we have the support of our councillors who represent their wards, they would have succeeded in impeaching us”.
When contacted to comment on the issue a councillor from Mkpat Enin who pleaded anonymity confirmed the report and disclosed that they were promised N10m each to impeach their chairmen, but they all rejected the offer.
Again, another councillor from Esit Eket lambasted the state government for what he described as a show of shame and a brazen disservice to humanity.
According to him, the state government had denied Akwa Ibom councillors all their statutory entitlements from December 2017 till date, except basic salaries.
Speaking further, the councillor said they have not met with the governor since assumption of office, except on August 8, 2018, when Senator Godswill Akpabio defected to the APC.
“The governor called us with our chairman for the first time when Senator Akpabio defected to the APC, to ginger solidarity and support, but since then, except during the electioneering campaigns, none of us has seen the governor.
“He has not given us our wardrobe allowance and our offices imprest and he has even cancelled the one they call 28 days, which is the money that they used to give to councillors once they are sworn into office.
The state governor has denied us our right and statutory entitlement and today, he want to use us to betray our chairman, it will not work. I thank President Buhari for his genuine interest for development and his goodwill for Nigeria”.