Nasiru Ahmad el-Rufai

LG Polls: Coalition Of Political Parties Wants el-Rufai To Emulate Amosun

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Coalition of political parties known as G23 Political Alliance, Kaduna State chapter has called on Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to emulate Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amusun who conducted election into local government areas of the state.

In the same vein,the coalition has threatened to take legal action against the governor should he fail to conduct local government election within reasonable time as provided by the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

The Alliance made their position known after its quarterly meeting in Kaduna over the weekend where it stressed on the need for the governor to ensure that electorates elect  those that will lead them at the local government levels just as he was elected governor, so that people at the grassroots can also feel dividend of democracy.

It would be recalled that Gov Amosun had conducted the first local government election on July 21, 2012, during his first term and constituted caretaker committees who have been steering the councils after the expiration of their three years tenure.

Chairman of the alliance, Olu Lucky Turaki while briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting said,  though the governor is interested in developing the state to enviable height, but he should obey the Constitution and arrange for the election, saying the governor has been running the affairs of the state without carrying key stakeholders along as the state does not belong to only All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said,  “we want to really hammer on local government election in Kaduna State. Though we have seen some good things he’s doing and we can say he has good intention for the state. But then, without substantive chairmen at the grassroots where most people that make up the large percentage of the population live and that means these people are missing a lot because the developmental projects are not reaching them.

“Now we want to call and draw the attention of the governor that delay in fulfilling his election promise is worrying us as stakeholders. All the opposition party including PDP across the 23 local government areas of the state are calling on him to fix a date for the lg election.

“For how long will it take us to conduct Local Government election. The bad news is that State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM) has suddenly become deaf and dumb. We are not hearing anything from that body saddled with the Electoral responsibility in the state while the governor equally kept quiet without consulting stakeholders including the electorate”, he said.

On the recently extension of tenure of local government Interim Management Committee (IMC) by six months, the G23 is saying the extension is wrong and should be rejected by every right thinking Nigerian.

“After his inauguration, the Electoral act provided the governor with opportunity to conduct election within six months and in case of any eventuality, he has three extra months which have all been exhausted.

“The democracy pave way for him to be elected as governor. So it is just natural for him to also allow the people to vote for their chairmen at lg level. These caretakers don’t have access to funds and will not be able to do anything to effect the lives of their people in four years. One begin to wonder, what is happening to the funds meant for these lgs. He may have good intention but people that surround him are not helping him doing the right thing in some areas.

“It is high time he knew that APC is not the only political party in the state. If PDP can follow constitutional provision that eventually brought APC at federal and some states level, why would he now be slowing the same process that brought him. If he insist, we will take legal action against him”, he stressed.

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