Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has reinstated 15 Local Government chairmen sacked by the erstwhile governor of the state, Capt. Idris Wada, for decamping to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A statement issued in Lokoja on Friday by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, said the reinstatement is with immediate effect.
The statement quoted the governor as saying that the action was informed by the need to promote the rule of law and ensure that no one was victimized based on political leaning.
Governor Bello directed those that have been occupying the positions in the absence of the chairmen to hand over immediately and revert to their former positions.
“Governor Bello expects the normalisation to be carried out without rancour, regardless of political differences.
“Chairmen who were removed via impeachment are considered to have been removed legally and are bound to the legal status quo, “the statement said.
The governor directed the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Local Government Service Commission to comply immediately and accordingly.