Fifteen councillors from the Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State have allegedly been beaten up at the state capital, Yola, over an alleged move to force a change of leadership of the councillors.
The councillors were summoned from Michika, a northern Adamawa LGA, to Yola, allegedly by an associate of Governor Ahmadu Fintiri who is said to be uncomfortable with those in the leadership of the crop of councillors.
It was gathered Tuesday that during a meeting with the councillors on Sunday, September 5, the governor’s associate told the councillors that Governor Fintiri had directed an immediate change in the leadership of the local council legislative arm.
Allegedly shocked by the directive said to have come from the governor, leader of the Councilors, Bitrus Pagwe, reportedly protested, “Sir, this matter is a democratic affair. We were duly elected. How would the governor who was a legislator himself, give such an order?”
Reportedly angered by Pagwe’s audacity to question the directive, the governor’s associate allegedly called up a band of thugs believed to have been put on standby, who were said to have pounced on the councillors.
Some major stakeholders, including the former House of Representatives member, Adamu Kamale, present member of the state Assembly from Michika, Ayuba Kwada and others were said to have scampered out of the hall perceivably on sensing that the meeting was skewed to force the leadership of the councillors to resign.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Michika, Ezekiel Kwaji, said to a media enquiry as this report was being concluded Tuesday afternoon, “There was a move to force a change in the leadership of the councillors which led to a scuffle, but I cannot confirm that anyone ordered the fight.”
When contacted, the said associate of the governor refused to talk to newsmen, asking the newsmen instead to write whatever they wished.
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri’s media aides were also not prepared to talk. They chose instead to drop the call the moment the explanation for the call was made.