Buhari urged to or­der elec­tions in all LGAs

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has been ad­vised to use the ver­dict of a La­gos State High Court which bars care­taker com­mit­tees from ad­min­is­ter­ing af­fairs of lo­cal govern­ment coun­cils as a model to en­trench democ­racy across the 774 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas in Nige­ria.

This is against the back­drop of the al­leged re­fusal of some states to con­duct lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions and in­stead, con­sti­tut­ing care­taker com­mit­tees to be man­ag­ing the coun­cils.

There have been out­cries by civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, ac­tivists and the lo­cal govern­ment work­ers un­der the aegis of Nige­ria Union of Lo­cal Govern­ment Em­ploy­ees (NULGE) over the ad­min­is­tra­tion of lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas by care­taker com­mit­tees.

In La­gos, the Na­tional Con­science Party (NCP) had filed a suit be­fore the State High Court chal­leng­ing the le­gal­ity of ap­point­ing care­taker com­mit­tees to run the af­fairs of lo­cal gov­ern­ments. The Court, sit­ting in Ig­bosere, on Fri­day, or­dered an elec­tion in all the lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas in the state within 30 days.

A La­gos-based Hu­man rights lawyer, Mr. EbunOlu Adeg­boruwa, who was the coun­sel to the NCP in a chat with Daily Trust yes­ter­day, ap­pealed to Pres­i­dent Buhari to see the ver­dict as an op­por­tu­nity to in­stall democ­racy at the grass­roots.

He also urged Nige­ri­ans to be­gin to in­sist on ex­er­cis­ing their fran­chise at the lo­cal govern­ment lev­els and ac­cused the La­gos State govern­ment of be­ing bent on frus­trat­ing ver­dicts of the court through ap­peals.

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