Some of the suspended local government Chairmen in Kwara State who turned down the invitation of the state House of Assembly to answer questions over alleged financial misappropriation have said their refusal to appear before the house is not to disrespect the lawmakers but their belief in justice and due process.
The four local government chairmen elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stated this in a statement issued after the house concluded the panel sitting.
Those who signed the statement are
Chairman Ekiti local government, Honourable Yinka Dallas, Chairman Irepodun, Honourable Muyiwa Oladipo, Chairman Ilorin East, Honourable Lah Abdulmumeen and Chairman Ilorin west, Hajia Aminat Aromoke Omodara.
The chairmen who had earlier made known, their intention not to appear before the panel, also clarified that their refusal is not an admittance of guilt as stated by the Speaker of the house but out of their determination to pursue justice.
While stressing their respect for the House of Assembly, the chairmen insisted that their suspension was illegal and a political ploy by the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, to exterminate the PDP officials and their party out of their duly elected positions.
Making reference to subsisting court ruling and citing the wrongful impeachment of former Governor of Oyo state, Chief Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja as an instance of democratic violation, the four LG chairmen led by Dallas therefore restated their innocence and the resolve to seek redress in the court of law.