The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday recalled chairmen of eight local governments and their councilors from suspension.
They are among the chairmen of 16 local government areas of the state elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, who were suspended from office in December last year on the allegation of misappropriation of funds amounting to about N4bn.
The eight reinstated chairmen and councilors are from Ijero, Moba, Gbonyin, Ado and Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ikole, Ekiti South West and Ekiti West council areas.
Their reinstatement followed the adoption of the reports by the Chairman, House Committee of Public Petition, Mr Adegoke Olajide, who added that the state chairman of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Mr Dapo Olagunju, on behalf of others, wrote a petition appealing for reinstatement.
He stated, “The appellant on behalf of the 16 indicted local government chairmen appealed to the assembly to passionately look into their cases with a view to reinstating them in office.
“The decision of the Public Petitions Committee to consider the appeal of Mr Dapo Olagunju on behalf of all the 16 indicted local government chairmen is premised on the imperative of ensuring stability of the third tier of government within the state.
“It is the opinion of the committee that the local government officials who obtained clearance from the supervising ministry before embarking on questionable projects can be reinstated,” Olajide said.
The report, however, stated that the remaining eight council chairmen and their councillors should remain suspended for further forensic investigation.
The Speaker, Mr Funmiyi Afuye, praised the committee on execution of the assignment, saying the members had done a “a great job.”