Councillors in the Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State have announced the suspension of Wale Adedayo as the Chairman of the Local Government.
Reports obtained by Bahdstreetvibes on Thursday (today) said the councillors, seven in number, suspended the politician for three months over alleged maladministration and financial mismanagement.
The Legislative Council is said to have received various allegations that need to be investigated, hence, Adedayo was asked to appear at the next sitting on Thursday, September 14, 2023.
Fifteen allegations were levelled against the suspended chairman, which include:
- Withdrawal of N4 million from LG account for empowerment in 2022, which never took place.
- Wastage of N2 million on Isese day on August 20, 2022.
- Duty tour allowance for the chairman and other top functionaries N260,000 in June 2023.
- Another duty tour allowance for the chairman and other top officials engagement in Abeokuta to the tune of
- N250,000, also ratified in June 2023.
- N426,000 was purportedly spent on the production of a report on the 2020 Jigbo Festival Ijebu East when we were even yet to be elected.
- Claiming N350,000 for the inauguration of Women in Politics in Ijebu East in 2022. The money was not released to the group in 2022
- Entertainment and other logistics expenses during the commissioning of the Legislative Building at N350,000 on the 18th of April 2023.
- Another entertainment on that same commissioning of the Legislative Building at N295,000 same day, 18th of April 2023.
- The second N8.2 million was sent from phase 2 of the project (table and the chair for schools) 20 (twenty) chairs were made with N8.2m.
- Another N20 million allocation from the state is nowhere to be found.
- Another N15 million sent from the state went the same way without any project to show for it.
- Award of two boreholes at the cost of N1.8 million each totaling N3.6million in August 2023.
- While he collects N3 million monthly as security votes, he has held on to the N300,000 monthly security vote of the Vice Chairman for about five months. He has refused to pay up despite several interventions and meetings on the issue by the ALGON executive, led by Hon. Tunde Emiola Gazal.
- Inability to account for over N2.5 million left in the Project Account of the council by the previous administration for the completion of a school at Kajola, Ogbere. The school remains uncompleted to date.
- Illegal tax collection from Okada riders and drivers via what the chairman called “levy” without the approval of the Legislative Council, which is double taxation for the people of Ijebu East during this tough period.
The councillors insist there was a need to carry out a thorough investigation following the receipt of the various allegations against Adedayo.
They henceforth resolved that the Chairman step aside for the proper conduct of investigations.
“The Council Chairman, Hon. Wale Adedayo, is hereby suspended for three months pending the conclusion of the investigations and therefore directed to handover all the properties of the Council in his possession to the Vice Chairman, who will act as the Chairman during the suspension of the Chairman as provided in the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
The Council Chairman is directed to appear before the House on the next sitting of the House on Thursday, September 14, 2023.
That the Council Treasurer, through the Head of the Local Government Administration (HOLGA) should furnish the financial/bank statement of the Council in the last two years, along with other relevant documents and vouchers as the House may require in order to aid investigations.
That the above Resolutions be copied to the Governor of Ogun State and the Ogun State House of Assembly, the sitting is hereby adjourned to Thursday, September 14, 2023,” a statement signed by the Leader of the House, Itele Ward 7, Hon. Fasheyi Akindele Adesuji, reads.
Other members that consented to the suspension include, Hon. Bolutife Osunfisan (Deputy Leader, Imushin Ward 2), Hon. Kemi Aliu (Chief whip, Imobi Ward 10), Hon. Adeniyi Adenuga (Imusin ward 1), Hon. Abass Sidikat (Owu ward 5), Hon. Biyi Oguntubo (Imobi ward 9), Hon. Rotimi Olubode Williams (Ajebandele ward 11).