Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has reacted after local government council chairmen who won on the platform of all Progressive Congress refused to swear-in their Vice-Chairmen and or Councilors elected from People Democratic Party.
Governor while addressing the newly elected local chairmen at the closing of a 3-day retreat held for them in Kaduna said such action was not called for as it does not reflect the rule of law.
“The Rule of Law is key. For those of you that have deliberately or mistakenly refused to swear-in councilors because they come from opposition party, it is wrong,” he said.
According to him, imposition of candidates often leads a party to lose election and also forces some candidates to leave the party and run under a different political party platform.
He noted that, it was due to the wrong candidate imposed by ‘some people’ in his ward in Kontagora, that the APC failed to secure the councilor’s position, stressing that if he, as the state Governor let it be, why then would the Chairmen not swear in the Councilors from the opposition.
Governor Bello admonished the Chairmen to find a subtle way to settle their political differences, adding that divergent political views would always arise and create challenges in the discharge of their duties with their Vice-Chairmen and Legislators.
He said the All Progressives Congress (APC) not only represents change but also stands for fairness, fairplay and justice, stressing that this must be seen to be exercised by the members of the party and its leaders.