Friday, 12 July 2013

IMPEACHMENT THREAT DANGLES IN ITU ,Councilors Want Leader out, chairman to sit up

Aggrieved councilors of Itu Local Government Legislative Council may take the bull by the horns and send her leader, Hon Unwana Akpaikot packing, it was learnt.
The sins of the leader of the council according to them include but limited to reckless abuse of the office of the Leader, non-commitment to duties, too much romance with the council boss to the detriment of the councilors, conniving with the council chairman to finger the council’s treasury, amongst others, one of the aggrieved councilors confided in our reporter. .
Our source said the leader of Itu Legislative Council Hon Unwana Akpaikot has shown flagrant and complete ignorance to his position in the council and that has led to him doing the biddings of the council chairman Michael James Etim which according to them is build on greed, selfishness and over zealousness.  Our source told THE INK on condition of anonymity that following the failure of the leader to mobilize and coordinate the legislators to check the excesses of the council Chairman Michael James Etim, it is about time the legislators rise in unison and pass a vote of no confidence on the leader and then proceed on his impeachment if he fails to resign.
Already, the newspaper gathered that some councilors have begun the process of collecting signatures amongst themselves with the aim of getting rid of the leader.  A councilor in one of the urban wards of Itu told our correspondent that at the moment the council of Itu is being run at the beck and call of Michael Etim who rather than sit down in the council to do the work of the people who elected him have since abandoned his duty post and is now running the 2015 gubernatorial ambition of a certain aspirant.
THE INK gathered that majority of Itu councilors are willing to sign an impeachment notice against the leader.  They believe that once the leader is out, another who will do the work effectively will step in and the house will then gather the courage to call the chairman, Michael James Etim to order.  “We are already collating signatures of Honourable members of this legislative council, I mean sincere ones that are willing to take the bull by the horns, we want our leader unwana Akpaikot to either resign or be impeached since he is incapable of leading us.  We want the chairman, Michael James Etim to sit up and we want a vibrant leader, who will know his onions not this one who is ignorant and confused”.  An aggrieved councilor said.

Efforts to speak with the Leader of Itu Local Government Area failed as his mobile phone number and he failed to pick up and a text message to his phone was not responded to as at the time the paper went to press.

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