ZAMFARA, Nigeria – Chairman, Maradun Local Government Council of Zamfara State Alhaji Ahmad Abubakar and his vice, Alhaji Shehu Muhammad Faru have been impeached for gross mismanagement and incompetence by nine of the ten serving councilors in the council.
Addressing newsmen at the Local Government secretariat in Maradun on Thursday at the end of an emergency meeting of the council, the councilor representing Dosara/Birnin Kaya ward, Kabiru Muhammad Danwanti explained that the chairman and his vice were impeached due to their flagrant disobedience to laws.
Danwanti noted that the chairman and the vice were unable to discharge their constitutional responsibilities as provided by the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria quoting the fourth schedule and. section 22(2) of the Local Government law 2013.
“They were found wanting of gross misconduct, contrary to section 22(2)(b) of Zamfara State Local Government 2013 as interpreted by section 22 sub (4).
Danwanti who is the Speaker of the council noted that due to self-aggrandizement and corruption, the chairman since the inception of his administration had refused to conduct council meetings contrary to Local Government laws of Zamfara State, section 28(1) that provides for meeting at least once a month.
The council’s spokesman also alleged that contracts were awarded, vouchers were raised and payment made by the sacked chairman without council’s resolution.
“Based on the shortcomings on the part of the duo, we, the undersigned, therefore, pass an impeachment resolution on the executive chairman, Hon. Ahmad Abubakar and his vice, Hon. Shehu Muhammad Faru of Maradun Local government today 21st May, 2020,” he declared.
However, the councilors nominated the councilor representing Maradun South, Mohammed Sirajo Madugu as the new chairman of the Local Government area.
“Meanwhile, from today 21st May 2020, we the councilors have resolved and agreed that the councilor representing Maradun South, Hon. Mohammed Sirajo Madugu shall serve and take over as the substantive Executive chairman, Maradun Local Government council pending the expiration of our tenure,” he added.