There appears to be tension in all the 20 local government and 37 local development councils in Lagos State.
Those in the know stated that the major source of discord happens to be the management of funds accruing to the councils with barely two months left to the expiration of the current regimes.
DAILY RIPPLES gathered from competent sources that many of the outgoing council chairmen have been stealing huge funds from the treasuries of the councils under the guise of funding the rumoured bid of a chieftain of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu.
So far, the simmering schism between the council bosses and their councilors has already consumed the chairman of Surulere Local Government, Mr. Tajudeen Ajide.
Ajide was on Thursday evening sacked by his councilors who accused him of financial graft running into several millions of Naira.
The feuding councilors have even gone ahead to seal the office of the council’s treasurer just as they have sent letters to the numerous banks where the council’s funds are lodged not to honour requests for cash withdrawals until further notice.
Sources within the council told DAILY RIPPLES that the embattled council boss ran into trouble when he allegedly gave a standing order to the council’s management that the sum of N20m be set aside monthly to offset some political obligations that have been imposed on the council by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The source who pleaded not to be mentioned told our correspondent that Ajide gave the instruction without carrying the councilors along and has indeed made the spurious withdrawals about four times before his bubble was burst by the aggrieved councilors.
“Sometimes ago, Ajide told the Council Manager that the sum of N20m should be made available every month for political projects. He said the money was needed to fund the campaign of a chieftain of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu who is said to be contesting the 2023 presidential election.
“He did all these without letting the councilllors know and when confronted, he told them that the money was being put together to fund the presidential campaign of Asiwaju.”
According to the source, trouble however begun for the embattled council boss when he was asked why he didn’t tell his councilors.
“Unknown to him, he forgot that the councilors are aware that indeed there is this standing order that the councils should provide the sum of N5m monthly.”
The real trouble began when he was asked to account for the monthly differential of N15m, which he couldn’t explain.
Our source stated that this prompted the councilors to call for an emergency sitting where Ajide’s issue was thoroughly discussed with a verdict that he has to vacate office.
The aggrieved council lawmakers who had conducted some findings are angry that Ajide and many of his colleagues in other LGs have been fleecing the people of huge sums of money preparatory to their exit from power in two months time.
“One thing that they have been hiding under the guise of contributing funds to the aspiration of Asiwaju to steal huge funds from their councils.” The source said.
Another source told our correspondent that the issue is not limited to Surulere Local Government alone as he maintained that similar issue of mutual mistrust are being treated in other LGs.
“What has happened to Ajide is just a tip of the iceberg,” the source said adding that similar incidence are set to be replayed in other councils in just a matter of days.”