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N120m Alledged Bribe: ALGON Denies Lobbying State Assembly Over Tenure Elongation

Hon Jingi Rufa'i, the chairman of the Adamawa ALGON, denied the alleged bribery claim
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Adamawa ALGON chairman, Hon Jingi Rufa’i

In Adamawa State,  the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, has denied that its members paid N120 million as a lobbying fee to the state house of assembly to facilitate tenure extensions.

According to a viral claim on social media, the state's local government chairmen have mobilized N120 million to the state legislature through the speaker, Rt Hon Aminu Iya Abbas, to seek tenure elongation in a caretaker capacity.

Hon Jingi Rufa'i, the chairman of the Adamawa ALGON, denied the alleged bribery claim in a news conference on Monday, describing it as the product of mischief-makers.

The chairmen, according to Rufa'i, are law-abiding persons who will step down on December 8, 2021, when their terms expire.

Rufa'i stated that the chairmen are investigating to determine who is behind the character assassination and obnoxious fabrication so that they can face the law.

The local government council elections have been scheduled for December 4, 2021, by the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission, ADSIEC. Due to a lack of funding, ADSIEC is forced to postpone the election indefinitely.

The question remains whether the postponement and interim appointment of caretakers to the elective executive office is constitutional.

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