Cross-River: APC seeks conduct of local government election

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, southern Nigeria, to conduct local government elections within a month.

 

Also, a group of five different non-government organizations have given Governor Ayade a 14-day ultimatum to begin the process of conducting the election.

The State Chairman of APC, Sir John Ochala, described the lack of local government administration in Cross River as unimaginable.

 

Ochala noted, with dismay, the rational of Governor Ayade not to conduct council elections based on the premise that local government councils lacked adequate funding to be self-sustaining.

 

He said:” I commend the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the local government autonomy law. I also commend the Nigerian Government for withholding local government funds; it is a welcome development. 

 

“It is what our party, the APC in Cross River State has been canvassing for all along and it is the only way to compel State Governors to conduct local government elections,””he averred. 

 

The APC chieftain stated it is unfortunate that things have degenerated to a level where governors would display so much contempt for the very system that brought them to power.

 

Similarly, Emmanuel Agbor, who spoke on behalf of the group, said that the people would hold a street protest if the State Governor failed to uphold democracy by conducting elections at the grass root level.

 

According to Agbor, “this administration has refused to conduct local government elections since the last set of council chairmen and councilors elected during ended their tenure in 2016.”

 

“He said we do not understand why the Governor would rather than conduct council election; prefer to appointed core civil servants as administrative heads of local governments since he came on board in 2015.”  

 

The groups comprises Cross River State for Good Governance, CRSFGG;  Cross River Accountability Forum, CRAF; Cross River Society Network, CRSN; Cross River Coalition For Justice, CRCFJ; and Arise for Local Government Autonomy, AFLGA.