I’ll Conduct LG Polls in First Year as Gov, Says Ekwueme’s Daughter

LG Affair

  • I’ll Conduct LG Polls in First Year as Gov, Says Ekwueme’s Daughter
A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Anambra State, Mrs Chidi Onyemelukwe has said that she will conduct local government election within the first year of her election as governor.
  1. She said ambiguity in Nigerian constitution is aiding the abuse of local government system in the country, and that her government will tackle such ambiguity.
Onyemelukwe, daughter of late former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme expressed worries over the neglect of the local government system, saying the neglect of the system, which is the third tier of government amounts to abuse.
The aspirant who spoke to journalists on Sunday at Nando, Anambra East LGA during the second session of the fourth synod of the Anglican Diocese of Niger West said the recent constitution amendment could be deployed to correct the anomaly.
She said, “There are certain ambiguities that exist in Nigeria’s constitution that allow state governments to annex and treat local governments as their operational extensions.
“The local governments were created as autonomous governance structures, but this ambiguity has given state governor’s the leverage to abuse the system.
“Such loopholes and neglect of local governments have rendered our federal system dysfunctional.”
She said any meaningful approach to the issue must come through a rigorous constitutional amendment process, adding that if given the mandate of the state, her government will guarantee local government autonomy by holding local government elections within its first year in office.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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